What is methadone?
Methadone is one of a number of synthetic opiates that
are manufactured for medical use and have similar effects to heroin and morphine.
Methadone is mainly used today as a substitute for heroin,
in an attempt to relieve some of the problems associated with heroin
What does methadone look like?
Methadone that is prescribed
is usually found as a syrup, though some types can come in tablet form.
How is methadone taken?
Methadone is usually prescribed as a liquid syrup which
is swallowed, though it can come in an injectable form.
What are the immediate effects of taking methadone?
Methadone has a similar effect to that of opiates but
not as intense. Methadone produces a mild sense of well-being, relaxation
and detachment. Methadone also stops physical and psychological pain.
The effects last longer than heroin and the sense of well-being can
last for up to 24 hours.
Some people are sick when they take drugs like methadone
for the first time. It can also cause a loss of sex drive and back pain.
What are the long-term effects of taking methadone?
Methadone doesn't deliver the same degree of buzz as heroin
but it is addictive and so when coming off the drug the dose will need
to be slowly reduced. There can be some withdrawal symptoms but they
are usually much less severe than what occurs when stopping heroin.
What class drug is methadone?
Methadone is a class A drug, it is only legal for a person
to possess methadone if it has been prescribed for that individual.
The maximum sentence for unlawful possession is 7 years imprisonment
and a fine. The maximum sentence for supplying is life imprisonment
and a fine.