I am Derek Littler and I am the owner at Methadone Clinic USA.
Methadone is a synthetic, narcotic analgesic (pain reliever). Often used by and associated with the treatment of heroin addicts it is also used for other medical purposes such as pain relief. The drug shares many of the same effects and characteristics of morphine and acts in similar ways to it and other narcotic medications. However, with methadone the gradual and mild onset of action prevents the user from getting high and experiencing euphoric effects. Doses used in heroin treatment vary based on a person's body weight and opiate tolerance; but proper dosage is measured and determined by a patients decline in opiate cravings. Despite its use in the treatment community, there are addicts who use methadone as their primary drug of choice. Supplies of the drug for these users are illegal and are diverted from legitimate methadone programs by enrolled methadone patients. In 2000, there were an estimated 1,200 treatment facilities in the U.S. dispensing methadone. The drug is currently a Schedule II and is available in oral solutions, tablets, and injectable forms. And although there is no one manufacturer responsible for producing methadone, the active ingredient is always the same: methadone hydrochloride.5 Still, methadone is frequently encountered on the illicit market and has been associated with a growing number of overdose deaths