methadone

noun
meth·​a·​done | \ ˈme-thə-ˌdōn \
variants: or less commonly methadon \ -​ˌdän \

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

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That should entail dramatically boosting access to medications like methadone and buprenorphine, which are considered the gold standard of treatment for opioid addiction and reduce the mortality rate among opioid addiction patients by half or more. German Lopez, Vox, "Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy," 29 Nov. 2018 Known mostly for treating people with opioid use disorder, methadone is also sometimes used to treat pain. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Prescriptions of methadone for pain have declined, study finds," 6 Apr. 2018 Given that the research for methadone is so strong, the findings are very promising. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 The leading cause of overdose deaths was non-methadone synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyls that have increasingly supplanted heroin in the illicit market. German Lopez, Vox, "Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy," 29 Nov. 2018 Dina Gonsalves, who is 51 and manages a Boston pizza shop, credits CrossFit at Phoenix and methadone for helping her recently hit a year of sobriety from heroin. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Koch-Funded Gyms Help Opioid Addicts Recover," 16 Sep. 2018 Since 1999, more than 200,000 overdose deaths in the United States have been attributed to OxyContin and other prescription opioids like hydrocodone, morphine and methadone. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts in particular have taken steps to expand access to addiction treatment, particularly medications like buprenorphine and methadone that are considered the gold standard in treatment for opioid use disorder. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump’s health secretary says the opioid epidemic may be turning around. Not so fast.," 24 Oct. 2018 For some, that might mean using medications such as tramadol, buprenorphine, or methadone to help ease withdrawal symptoms, Dr. Ziffra says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Rapper Bow Wow Says He ‘Almost Died’ After Developing an Addiction to Lean," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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methadone

noun

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 \
variants: also methadon \ -​ˌdän \

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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