methadone

noun
meth·​a·​done | \ ˈme-thə-ˌdōn How to pronounce methadone (audio) \
variants: or less commonly methadon \ ˈme-​thə-​ˌdän How to pronounce methadone (audio) \

Definition of methadone

: a synthetic addictive narcotic drug C21H27NO used especially in the form of its hydrochloride for the relief of pain and as a substitute narcotic in the treatment of heroin addiction

Examples of methadone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $100 fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder. oregonlive, "Oregon’s decriminalization measure starts rolling out Feb. 1: What happens then," 29 Nov. 2020 People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $100 fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder. oregonlive, "Oregon’s decriminalization measure starts rolling out Feb. 1: What happens then," 29 Nov. 2020 When some of them ended up in Orleans Parish Prison, Minyard asked Criminal Sheriff Louis Heyd for permission to administer methadone there. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Frank Minyard, for 40 years New Orleans' trumpet-playing coroner, dies at 91," 15 Sep. 2020 Even still, some patients treated with methadone begin to use other drugs. Dallas News, "‘I am alone’: Opioid relapses on the rise as COVID-19 interrupts drug addiction recovery in Dallas," 13 Aug. 2020 People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $100 fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder. oregonlive, "Oregon’s decriminalization measure starts rolling out Feb. 1: What happens then," 29 Nov. 2020 The measure would decriminalize possession of less than one gram of heroin or methamphetamine; two grams of cocaine; 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms; 40 doses of LSD, oxycodone or methadone; and one gram or five pills of MDMA. Andrew Selsky, chicagotribune.com, "Oregon could become 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs," 2 Nov. 2020 People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $100 fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder. oregonlive, "Oregon decriminalizes possession of street drugs, becoming first in nation," 4 Nov. 2020 Only small amounts of drugs are decriminalized, such as less than 1 gram of heroin or MDMA; 2 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine; 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms; and 40 doses of LSD, oxycodone or methadone. Paul Best, Fox News, "Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and cocaine," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of methadone

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for methadone

methyl + amino + diphenyl + -one

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The first known use of methadone was in 1947

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9 Jan 2021

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“Methadone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methadone. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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methadone

noun
How to pronounce methadone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of methadone

: a drug that people take to help them stop taking heroin

methadone

noun
meth·​a·​done | \ ˈmeth-ə-ˌdōn How to pronounce methadone (audio) \
variants: also methadon \ -​ˌdän How to pronounce methadone (audio) \

Medical Definition of methadone

: a synthetic addictive narcotic drug used especially in the form of its hydrochloride C21H27NO·HCl for the relief of pain and as a substitute narcotic in the treatment of heroin addiction

called also amidone

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