Methadone Emilia Dziedzic and Zohra Mian

The Drug

Methadone is a narcotic drug used as a pain reliever to withdrawal addictions from Heroin

The Use

Methadone is taken orally usually in the form of pills, and liquids. While the pain relief from using Methadone last around 4-8 hours, It actually stays in the system for up to 59 hours

Short Term Effects

Symptoms of the first 24 hours:
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pains

Long Term Effects

  • Tooth Decay
  • Brain Damage
  • Poisoning which leads to death
  • anxiety
  • Lack/Loss of strength
  • Weight Changes
  • Tunnel vision


120,000 people in the U.S. use methadone to control their withdrawal symptoms from Heroin. Only works 35% of the Time

The number of drug poisoning deaths involving Methadone has increase by 700% between 2001-2014

In 2014 Methadone made up 26% of ALL poison related deaths

Methadone causes twice as many deaths as the drug heroin does

In 2014, 210 people died from Methadone overdose in the state of Maryland


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Addiction Hope

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Novus Medical Detox Center

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Emilia Dziedzic

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