METHADONE

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Methadone contributed to nearly 1 in 3 prescription painkiller deaths in 2009. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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About 5,000 people die every year of overdoses related to methadone. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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More than 4 million methadone prescriptions were written for pain in 2009, despite the FDA’s warnings about its associated risks. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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Because of its low cost, methadone is often listed as a preferred drug by insurance companies. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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The difference between appropriate prescribed doses and dangerous doses of methadone is small. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/MethadoneOverdoses/index.html).

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According to a 2006 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are over 1,400 methadone maintenance programs serving over 254,000 patients nationwide. (Pollack, H.A., and D’Aunno, T. Dosage patterns in methadone treatment: Results from a national survey, 1988–2005. Health Services Research 43(6):2143–2163, 2008).

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Methadone treatment is financed from a combination of federal, state, and private sources. (http://www.nap.edu/read/4899/chapter/8#161).

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According to 2009 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 238,000 Americans receive government-funded methadone, costing taxpayers roughly $1.1 billion per year. (http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/05/prescription_for_addiction_gov.html)

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Between 2007 and 2009, the availability of methadone as an opiate agonist therapy for veterans, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, grew from 45% to 81%. (http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/capstone_revised_TR956_compiled.pdf).

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The Adelson Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, uses methadone to treat teenager dependency on painkillers and heroin. (http://adelsoncliniclasvegas.com/).