Is Methadone Effective

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Is methadone effective? Methadone is an opioid pain reliever – similar to the pain killer morphine. Taken orally once a day, as well as relieving pain methadone also suppresses narcotic drug withdrawal such as crack-cocaine and heroin for between 24 and 36 hours. Methadone reduces the cravings associated with heroin use and consequently blocks the high you receive from heroin, but it does not provide the euphoric rush. Ultimately, the patient remains physically dependent on the opioid methadone, but is freed from the uncontrolled, compulsive, and disruptive behaviour seen in heroin addicts. Although does it really work as a method of getting addicts of heroin for good? Methadone has been used since the 1980’s in Scotland as a controlled and supposedly safe substitute for heroin. However is taking drugs to stop taking drugs an effective strategy? Taking statistics into consideration the answer is no. In a study by Scotland’s leading drug experts it emerged that giving methadone to heroin addicts has a 97% failure rate. Comedian Russell Brand has no compunction about calling himself a junkie. He openly admits “when it comes to the disease of addiction I’m no different from any other addict.” Russell was hooked on heroin and took part in an abstinence-based recovery program in 2002 where he became clean from the drug. However he still struggles with his cravings every day in life. “We might as well let people carry on taking drugs if they’re going to be on methadone.” Brand says which, in my view, is, in fact, astoundingly true. Drug use has long been associated with crime and many people who have an addiction turn to theft and prostitution to obtain money to buy the drug. This is having a huge impact on Scotland today and needs to be resolved, promptly. Clearly the way forward is to build more rehabilitation centres and get the success rate higher. So why is this
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