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Methadone may have played role in Warsaw death

There are 4 comments on the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel story from Aug 11, 2007, titled Methadone may have played role in Warsaw death. In it, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reports that:

Methadone may have played a role in the death of a man found unresponsive by a family member Wednesday at his Warsaw home, according to the Warsaw Police Department. via Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

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HARMD

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Aug 23, 2007
Please see these videos and what actually goes on at clinics http://www.nbc10.com/news/13843471/detail.htm... and http://video.nbc10.com/player/...
Methadone is now the #2 Killer Drug in the U.S.

Methadone is more addictive then any other pain medication including heroin and because of it’s extremely long half life, cardio toxic risks, numerous fatal drug interactions, dosages based on tolerance, and small margin of error. Up until Nov 2006 the government and pharmaceutical companies have been suppressing the numerous health and fatality risks related to methadone.

there are between 800,000 & 900,000 (some stats give diff numbers) heroin addicts in the U.S and 1,881 people died from heroin in the U.S. in 2004.
there are 200,000 people on methadone for drug treatment and I don't have the number of people on it for pain but even if we double the 200,000 and assume it's 400,000 total people on methadone there were 3,849 deaths in 2004

It looks like the "gold standard" is killing more then the drug its supposed to save people from!!!!

Every day 10.9 people die from Methadone (according to 2004 stats, not including car accident deaths caused by drivers under the influence of Methadone)

We (the families of methadone victims) are requesting new laws surrounding who can prescribe Methadone, clinic rules and regulations as well as stiffer penalties for those caught selling their take home doses. The whole methadone maintenance system needs an overhauling. We cannot continue to allow a legal medication to be killing more people then the illegal drugs. Our government cannot be allowed to use tax dollars to fund their legal drug dealing operations.
We are asking government agencies to enact stricter guidelines in prescribing methadone for any reason. It must be mandatory that all doctors be certified and trained in the pharmacology of methadone; inpatient stays must be required during induction to methadone; all staff be extensively trained in monitoring methadone patients for symptoms of toxicity. Clinic patients should be tested weekly for legal and illegal drugs that are taken with methadone to get “ hi gh” or experience “euphoria” such as benzodiazepines, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana etc… and face severe consequences or mandatory detoxification from the methadone program after 3 dirty urines. Selling of take home doses must result in termination from methadone program permanently throughout the U.S. When presenting inebriated at clinic, clinic should also document such activity as well as prevent client from driving. Take home doses for all patients receiving methadone should be eliminated thus preventing the risk of diversion or precautions such as pill safe should be implemented. http://www.thepillsafe.com/
Current statistics show that nearly 4000 people a year die from methadone. These deaths are mostly happening to pain management and detoxification patients’ wit hi n the first 10 days of taking initial dose. Most of these deaths are related to methadone prescribed with other medications that react as additives with the methadone. Diversion of methadone is a serious problem because it lands t hi s most deadly drug on streets. Statistics also state that methadone is contributing to more deaths nationwide then heroin and only second to cocaine deaths.
The potential of abuse, diversion, and overdose to new patients being prescribed methadone is overwhelming. The unique properties of methadone, it's long half life, and it's negative interaction with numerous drugs make it an optimal choice as a last result treatment for chronic pain and addiction.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Sincerely
Melissa Zuppardi
www. HARMD. org
jackleg

Raleigh, NC

#2 Jan 23, 2008
you do realize, melissa, that there are plenty of clinics out there that aren't funded at all by anyone's tax dollars. your figures are also skewed, and i think you should go back and list the real numbers... meaning the people who die from their legal methadone. hardly as high. also, without methadone, the heroin number would be much much much higher. i work with these patients on a regular basis and i've seen how it can save lives. it's already a controlled substance prescribed by doctors, and there are already severe penalties that come with selling a schedule 2 controlled substance.

so please, stop with the propaganda. there is a bit of an addiction, because it is used to stop withdrawals, but the stuff doesn't even get prescribed users high. i do think that they should push people toward a goal of detox and not maintenance, but thats a different story.
Prof_Buck

Austin, TX

#3 Mar 22, 2010
Melissa, I do wish you would be honest with the facts. There is already far too much "disinformation" circulating about methadone. Your rant barely steps above the level of propaganda even though I have no doubt that your emotions are sincere. The last thing we need is even larger obstacles to chronic pain patients trying to get help from their doctors. I know far too many doctors who are afraid to do what is best for their patients because of clueless state legislators and DEA bureaucrats telling them how to practice medicine.
We could only wish that thousands who no longer get pain relief from hydrocodone and oxycodone and other short-acting opiates could be moved to the relief and safety of methadone. If reforms are necessary for addiction treatment clinics, fine -- but don't do so with the kinds of simplistic and sweeping regulations that harm millions of chronic pain patients who have gotten their lives back because of methadone. The last thing we need is more nonsensical regulations that are little more than emotional, knee-jerk reactions.
So let's keep it honest, Melissa. Correct your figures and give the other side of the story while you're at it.
christie

Rochester, IN

#4 Oct 11, 2010
I think that methadone is a great drug.It helps alot of people that are addicts.Its not the methadone that is killing people its the people that are abusing it and taking other medicine like xanax with it,its not the methadone people, its the people not taking the methadone as it is perscribed.

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