Is the policy of giving methadone to drug addicts a good one? There are many conflicting opinions about this topic. Methadone Maintenance Treatment is a very controversial topic that arises many different attitudes toward the program. Some people believe that Methadone maintenance treatment is a good thing and that it does truly help addicts get over their addictions. Others are against Methadone Maintenance treatment because they believe it is an unnecessary and a waste of money. I personally am against the use of methadone because it does not stop addicts from continuing to do drugs while going through methadone treatment and it lacks the evidence of it actually working. Firstly, I am going to explain what methadone treatment is. Secondly, …show more content…
Being in the methadone program requires multiple doctor visits every week. Methadone patients need to go to the methadone clinic almost everyday to get their treatment plus multiple urine tests and other doctor visits as well. All these appointments make it nearly impossible for patients to find or keep employment. Most people that require methadone treatment are already in poverty and some patients don't have their own homes to live in. Methadone has been described as “liquid handcuffs” by critics because it requires so many check ups and clinic visits a week. Discrimination against recovering addicts is occurring because of the use of methadone treatment. Some people believe that methadone treatment is unnecessary and that addicts should have to get over their addiction themselves rather than use other drugs to help. People can get addicted to methadone even though it does not produce an eutrophic high and some people say that withdrawing from methadone is worse than withdrawals from heroin. Methadone is a very dangerous drug and the doses have to be monitored carefully to prevent overdose and also to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Many people undergoing methadone treatment turn to crime to get what they want and need in life. Many women in methadone treatment admit to being involved in prostitution to earn some extra money. Also many people on methadone treatment continue to do drugs and drink alcohol which could be fatal when mixed with methadone. Methadone increases the chances of depression and anxiety. Methadone treatment also affects unborn babies if the mother is on methadone treatment. Methadone can cause babies to have withdrawal symptoms after birth such as weight gain or weight loss, being overactive, or having seizures. A woman nursing a baby can also pass methadone along to the baby in her breast milk which can cause the baby to have side effects such as vomiting, poor
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Prescription drug abuse in the United States has officially been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics, 2013). Due to the increase of prescription drug abuse, prescription narcotics have been considered the new “gateway” drug to heroin addiction. The prescription drug epidemic is being fueled by prescribers and physicians that are not utilizing proper guidelines when prescribing narcotics to patients. A major concern is that doctors are shying away from utilizing therapy and counseling, which could alleviate the use and abuse of prescription medication. With the increase of prescription medication flooding the population, this has lead to society’s concern that doctors are
Three things I found interesting about the Methadone treatment is: 1. In the video a man said that all they are given is another drug without therapy or counseling even though research suggests that methadone maintenance programs are most effective when combined with things like psychotherapy and family therapy. 2. Another man in the video said that the withdrawal symptoms while using methadone were worse than when he tried to quit using heroin by stopping completely. It seems then that methadone has terrible side effects that might discourage those trying to treat a heroin addiction.
I enjoyed reading your discussion post this week. I personally believe that patients that uses the methadone clinic is picking the lesser of two evils. According to Livingston, Adams, Jordan, MacMillan and Hering (2017) methadone clinics are considered part of an effective method during the treatment and rehabilitation process. From my past experiences working in the emergency room I feel as though methadone clinics do not address the real physiological issues that the patient is suffering from but instead causes another form of addiction. A study conducted by Karki, Shrestha, Huedo-Medina and Copenhaver (2016) concluded that injection drug users are at high risk of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection through preventable
Methadone helps suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms because patients in this treatment program are given only one a day. According to the Camh, methadone lasts for about 24 to 36 hours, while heroin lasts for three to six hours, which are easier to overdose. Another benefit
Opioids are a prescription medication involving various forms of drugs, it can benefit patients as little as a few minutes, however, it can be extremely dangerous to patients without self-control. Morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and fentanyl are used for many different medical uses until companies started to combine these four ingredients into one small simple pill. The pill reduces chronic pain from a body in a matter of minutes taking a minimum dosage. The company that produces Opioids have discovered that for the most part opioids are healthier and safer than any other medications. Like other medications, opioids can also have its side effects too such as; sedation restlessness, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, constipation and much more.
Long term effects include heart rate and blood pressure. Damaged blood vessels in the brain which can lead to stroke or irregular heartbeat. People that use this drug may have brain damage or suffer from memory loss. There are 7 stages when you take meth the first is rush. A rush Is the initial response the abuser feels when you inject it, snort it, and smoke it.
It can also be deadly for individuals abusing it. It 's important that this drug does also come with side effects, such as shortness of breath, vomiting, or even overdosing. It can also be troublesome for the addict to get to the clinic every day for a dosage of methadone. "If individuals taking methadone develop a physical dependence on the drug and they stop taking it or decrease their dose they will begin to experience methadone withdrawal"(Methadone Statistics). Methadone withdrawal is far more painful and burdensome than other forms of opiate withdrawal and can last up to 5 or 6 weeks.
Methamphetamine and cocaine are both in the same category of drugs known as stimulants. Meth is completely man-made and is manufactured using common household and industrial ingredients such as over-the-counter cold/allergy medicines, drain cleaner, battery acid, gun cleaner, gasoline additives, muriatic acid, ammonia, lye, acetone and litter. Cocaine on the other hand is naturally occurring and is harvested from the leaves of the cocoa plant. While they are two entirely different drugs, both meth and cocaine have risks associated with their use, and have very high rates of dependence, abuse, and addiction. However, there are very distinct differences between cocaine and meth, in terms of how these drugs affect the individual both physically and psychologically.
The use of intravenous drugs in a correctional setting pose many health risks to inmates including exposure to many viruses, which affect the liver, immune system and overall functioning of the body. A few examples are hepatitis C and HIV. Methadone Maintenance Treatment is an initiative that helps reduce the harmful withdrawal effects and stabilize behaviours that are associated to Heroin. Therefore, the most proactive approach is treatment to help with the abuse of the drugs. (Johnson, 2001).
There has been an astounding increase in the use of illegal drugs during pregnancy, therefore increasing the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Just a few short years ago, the babies who suffered through Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome were treated with drug therapy with medications such as Methadone, Morphine, or Clonidine in the neonatal intensive care unit. However, the prevalence of drug use in pregnancy and in turn neonatal abstinence syndrome has caused the newborn nursery to turn into a drug rehabilitation center for these babies. Several issues arise with the obstetrical healthcare team when taking care of these patients, such as a negative personal bias resulting from the negative stigma of drug use especially during
When people take these synthetic heroin pills, they do not feel as though it is a drug addiction as much as it is a way for them to deal with pain, over-stimulation, and as a tranquilizer. Today, we are currently facing an epidemic with drug addiction and continuously trying to solve the problem with a war on drugs. “The U.S. spends about $51 billion a year enforcing the war on drugs, and arrests nearly 1.5 million people for drug violations, according to Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group” (Ferner). Since the United States spends so much money on this epidemic, the numbers should start to go down, but it is instead doing the opposite. It is easy to figure out the numbers through doctors, “Increases in prescription drug misuse over the last
After reading the novel, Righteous Dopefiend, I have a different lens in which I can view substance abuse and individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders. All of the characters in the novel offered a unique perspective to different aspects of substance abuse disorders and the challenges associated with substance abuse and homelessness. However, despite all of the interesting aspects of each individual in the novel, the character Tina stuck out most to me and had the greatest impact on how I will view and engage with individuals who may suffer from substance abuse disorders. Initially what caught my attention about Tina was the chapters that described how she lived as a female on the streets, which was often considered “a man’s place”.
Contemporary society is a variety of all things good and bad that one might misinterpret as perfect if glanced upon with a pair of rose colored glasses. While new inventions and scientific breakthroughs, have lead to daily life and communication becoming easier to handle and manage, as a society humanity often times fails to see the adverse effects of these technological pursuits on itself. In the dystopian novel, Brave New World, the author Aldous Huxley focuses a great deal on the idea of technology and control. He does so by grossly exaggerating many of the common technological advances of today and making them seem unrealistic and unbelievable, while in actuality are closer to the truth then far from it. Aldous Huxley showing the reader
Addiction is the reliance on a routine. There are many addictive stages. Addiction, as it comes along, becomes a way of life. The persistent use of the substance causes to the user serious physical or psychological problems and dysfunctions in major areas of his or her life. The drug user continues to use substances and the compulsive behavior despite the harmful consequences, and tries to systematically avoid responsibility and reality, while he or she tends to isolate himself/herself from others because of guilt and pain (Angres, & Bettinardi-Angres, 2008).