Topic: addiction medications
Diversion to abuse has been significant. Currently methadone represents only some two percent of all opioid prescriptions, but it’s been implicated in an astounding one-third of all opioid fatalities.
It’s designed to prevent drinking on impulse, but if I’m an alcoholic with a history of impulsive drinking, do I really want to mess with this?
Most communities provide both options for opioid patients, and lacking a methadone for alcohol or cocaine, use a more traditional abstinence-based approach for those addictions.
People have abused opiates for 5,000 years. As much as medicine depends on them, they’ve always created problems for a percentage of users.