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

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Recent Examples on the Web Government drug treatment programs have provided people with addictions with substances to prevent withdrawal, such as methadone, for many years. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: San Francisco providing drugs, alcohol to quarantining homeless but not on taxpayers' dime," 13 May 2020 Fans on social media welcomed the games as a kind of sports methadone, offering relief to audiences in desperate need of diversion. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Baseball’s Strange and Poignant Return to TV," 12 May 2020 The hotel residents are also apparently receiving medications such as buprenorphine or methadone to tamp down heroin cravings. Kevin Fagan,, "SF providing medications, alcohol, cannabis to some people isolating in leased hotel rooms," 6 May 2020 And it’s buprenorphine, rather than methadone, that’s at the center of the fight over MAT. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "New opioid treatment rules ignite controversy among doctors," 21 Feb. 2020 Alkermes’ claims prompted an outcry from treatment advocates who see methadone and buprenorphine as valuable, more accessible, and potentially more effective tools to prevent opioid overdose. Lev Facher, STAT, "FDA blasts Alkermes for underselling the risks of opioid addiction drug Vivitrol," 11 Dec. 2019 About $900,000 will be used for an opioid treatment program, which will be licensed to treat people with methadone and buprenorphine. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County outlines plan for $23M in opioid settlement money," 10 Oct. 2019 But methadone programs require almost perfect daily attendance. Aubrey Whelan,, "She was just out of rehab. She was excited about the future. Three hours later, she was dead.," 25 June 2018 Lines for the neighborhood’s free kitchens and methadone clinics stretch for blocks, overwhelming staff attempts to maintain a 6-foot distance between people. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 28-29," 24 Apr. 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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3 Jun 2020

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“Methadone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of methadone

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


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