Methadone (treatment for Heroin)

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What is the purpose of methadone?
To be a replacement drug for heroin as it is less harmful to the individual. It is a process of opioid detoxification that aims to detoxify dependent heroin users quickly
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How does methadone work?
Mimics heroin at the synapse and reduces/removes the withdrawal symptoms of heroin, still providing the pain relief and relaxation
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How is methadone administered?
Taken orally and given one dosage per day by pharmacists
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What happens when the addict is stable?
They can be trusted to self-administer methadone without the pharmacist present and eventually can detoxify (reduce amount of methaodne taken until clean from it)
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Are the addicts checked up on?
The NHS checks up on the addicts every 3 months to ensure they are still taking methadone and aren't taking any other drugs
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Detail three strengths of methadone as a treatment for heroin
ends links with drug scene, safer because administered orally instead of injected, WODAK said effective treatment
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Detail three weaknesses of methadone as a treatment for heroin
time consuming and expensive, some addicts never detoxify which may be seen as unethical because society doesn't like being addicted to drugs, methadone can end up in the illegal drugs market
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