Sometimes known on the streets as “chocolate chip cookies” or “wafer,” methadone is a powerful narcotic that can wreak havoc on its users. Its original use as a pain killer has made it a popular prescription medicine. When a drug comes into frequent use as a medical treatment, it often drifts out into the streets as well.
Methadone is prescribed today not just as a pain-killer but as a treatment for addiction to heroin and other powerful opiates. Methadone itself is an opioid and can lead to an addiction of its own. Proper medical supervision is needed to keep patients from overdosing or entering methadone withdrawal too quickly for their systems to handle.
Heroin provides a good example of how a legitimate prescription medicine can lead to drug abuse. By the 1800s, heroin was used by doctors around the world as a treatment for pain. It was the medicine of … Read More