REASONS WHY PEOPLE DIE WHILE USING METHADONE:
There are 4 main reasons:
1) Patients on methadone are still abusing Benzodiazepines (like Xanax, etc). These drugs used together are deadly “cocktails” and patients can have adverse events from using this combination.
2) Patients are buying methadone “from the street” and using methadone in quantities that are lethal. Most of the time patients die from “street” methadone overdose while trying to self medicate. It is the reason why there are substance abuse clinics and treatment centers where patients and their daily doses are monitored by a doctor specialized in substance abuse. Methadone prescribed in a treatment center is safe.
3) Patients are going to pain management clinics prescribing methadone. Pain management clinics are not subject to the strict regulatory control substance abuse clinics fall under. So pain management clinics may give dangerous high doses of methadone with little monitoring of the patient. This explains the dramatic increase of methadone consumption and the high level of deaths due to methadone.
4) Patients quit going to treatment for multiple reasons, then they relapse on illegal drugs and most of the time die from a drug overdose.
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