Methadone is the killer in about 1 in 3 overdoses.
On the Increase
In 2009, about 5,000 patients died from methadone overdose, six times more than in 2003. Yet Methadone is a bit player among pain killers.
No Good for Pain
Thomas Frieden, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Disease Control said it: “Methadone is riskier than other prescription painkillers … and we don’t think it has a role in the treatment of acute pain.” [emphasis mine]
So Methadone kills a lot of people but kills only a little pain.
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