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    The deadly thing about Methadone is it's long acting effects.

    It takes SIX HOURS to peak, whereas most opiates will peak after an hour or two, it takes Methadone a whole six hours to reach it's maximum effect.

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    you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

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    <center>Utah's methadone clinics may face tighter rules
    By Kirsten Stewart
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Article Last Updated:11/06/2006</center>


    A rising tide of prescription drug deaths has Utah looking to tighten regulation of its nine methadone clinics.

    Any changes are probably a year off and likely to face resistance from clinic owners who fear being driven out of business. Existing oversight by the federal government and national accrediting groups is burdensome enough, they argue.

    But Victoria Delheimer, state Methadone Authority, says Utah's regulatory environment is lax compared to other states. She is seeking input from clinics on what's reasonable and what's not, but says patient safety must come first.

    "Most of the clinics are doing a good job, but I think we can be tighter, cleaner and safer," said Delheimer.

    Prescription narcotics, or painkillers, are the leading contributor to fatal drug overdoses in Utah. The single most lethal: methadone, which caused no deaths in 1995, but was tied to 113 in 2005.

    There's no proof that methadone clinics are to blame for the growing death toll , says Delheimer. For decades, methadone has been safely and successfully prescribed to battle opiate addictions. And nationally, studies have linked the overdose problem to methadone prescribed by physicians for pain management or acquired illegally through doctor shopping, theft and the Internet.
    But tracking the origin of fatal doses in Utah is complicated.

    The state doesn't require methadone clinics to report patient fatalities unless the patient dies at the facility, says Ken Stettler, Utah Human Services Licensing director. "You could have clients who succumb at home and we wouldn't hear about it. Frankly, that's the more likely scenario," Delheimer says her supervisory powers also are limited. "If there's a complaint about a clinic, I investigate. But it's not real clear where in the rules it says I can do that," says Delheimer. "I'd like to clarify the authority's role."




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    You out-Google Alerted me, babe! :) Love, Ar[:X][:X]

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    Methadone, the quiet killer -- Part 2
    Updated: Nov 9, 2006
    By BRAD EDWARDS

    BATTLE CREEK -- "How to" labels on prescription methadone could pose a danger to patients as West Michigan sees an increased number of accidental overdose deaths.

    Although there is no definitive link between the wording on the labels and overdose deaths, the Food and Drug Administration is "considering adding additional safety information," an agency official told 24 Hour News 8.

    The packaging reads, "The usual adult dosage is 2.5 mg to 10 mg every 3 or 4 hours as necessary."

    Reading the label, one could deduce it would be safe to take 10 mg every three hours, totaling 80 mg per day. Studies show, however, that a person not used to strong pain medication could die after taking 50 mg.

    "I was surprised that the FDA would allow that to occur," said Michael Wissel from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who spearheaded an investigation into the painkiller Vioxx, was also surprised. With Vioxx now off the market, he has moved on to the methadone case.

    "The reports ... in Michigan and nationwide should raise a red flag at the Food and Drug Administration," Grassley said.

    An FDA official also told 24 Hour News 8 the agency is considering including its strongest alert on methadone packaging - a black box warning. It would alert users of potentially life threatening risks when the medication is taken improperly.

    They're also working on revising the package insert language.

    Methadone is a prescription drug used to wean addicts off heroin, to ease the suffering of terminal cancer patients and, more recently, as a painkiller.

    Its popularity is increasing.

    Statewide, prescriptions of methadone are up 90 percent, from 70,000 prescriptions in 2003 to 131,000 prescriptions in 2005, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

    "Because methadone is so much cheaper, it's becoming more popular," Wissel said.

    One local pharmacy said methadone, which has a number of makers, is 7 cents per pill at cost. Another painkiller, OxyContin, runs $2.50 per pill.

    Battle Creek resident Jessica Moore said when doctors tried to prescribe her methadone, she told them she would "absolutely not" take it. She needs painkillers for a brain tumor. But, she fears methadone for its potential dangers.

    When Moore noticed smoking marijuana alleviated her pain, she asked a doctor to prescribe it to her.

    "They said they don't promote drug use and they offered me methadone and OxyContin," she said.

    After some insistence, she is now taking a drug with derivatives of marijuana.

    "I have never heard of anyone having an overdose from smoking too much marijuana," Moore said.

    But what is certain is people are dying from overdoses of methadone, causing alarm among patients and physicians.

    "We're putting together information now that we're (going to) distribute to physicians in state," Wissel said.


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    Police Solve String Of Methadone Fueled Robberies
    11/10/2006

    Northern Kentucky Police catch a desperate, suspected thief in the act after a series of armed robberies that could have turned deadly.

    Ashley McdDannold, 24, is charged with four counts of robbery.

    Police say McDannold was robbing local pharmacies, looking to fuel her methadone habit.

    Local 12 reporter Joelle Girone explains why this kind of crime is everyone's problem.

    "It's not hocus pocus," said Captain Lenny Cloyd, Florence Police Department. "It's not a Ouija board. This is just good old-fashioned detective work."

    That "gumshoe" investigative know-how placed Florence Police and Boone County deputies in the right place, at the right time.

    "She was still sitting in her car when the first officers pulled up," said Captain Cloyd.

    Police say Ashley McDannold, 24, has been busy fueling her fix for methadone, robbing at least four local pharmacies since the first of October.

    A task force narrowed her next possible "hit" for Thursday or Friday.

    Early Thursday morning police say McDannold struck again like clockwork, pointing a gun and demanding a bag full of pills.

    Joelle Girone: "Police say Thursday's robbery showed just how desperate the suspect was. The time? 9:30 in the morning. The location? A busy grocery store and pharmacy."

    "People in this position start looking for alternative means of finance. That's when you start finding the robberies, the burglaries."

    Store surveillance video shows just how quickly the suspect acted, and police say each robbery grew more dangerous.

    "The first robbery what we had was the 'mention' of a gun. The second, there was a little more display. The third it was out and out blatant..I have a gun."

    Detectives say methadone addiction appears to be rampant in Florence. There were at least three overdose deaths in the last three weeks. Yet, addicts of other prescription drugs are also resorting to robbery, endangering innocent customers just making a trip to the store.

    "This could have been extremely dangerous. More so than what it was."

    Police say McDannold was able to steal hundreds of methadone pills in just one robbery. If convicted on all four counts, she could face up to 80 years in prison

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    Dealer pleads guilty in methadone overdose death in Monroe
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    EVERETT, Wash. -- A drug dealer has pleaded guilty in the death of one of his customers, a young man in Monroe who went to sleep and never woke up than two years ago after taking methadone.

    Raoul Mahon Keith, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday in Superior Court Snohomish County to controlled substance homicide in the death of Shane Jesmer, 19.

    Prosecutors said Keith will likely face seven years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22.

    Investigators wrote in court filings that Keith sold methadone to Jesmer on Oct. 31, 2004, who could not be roused after he went to sleep and was pronounced dead the next day. According to the medical examiner's office, he died of an overdose of methadone and diazepam, a medication used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures.

    Keith was arrested last month by a fugitive task force, largely on the basis of a court-authorized recording of a conversation with Keith about the drug deal.

    Methadone is usually prescribed to help heroin addicts kick their habit. Jesmer apparently bought it to relieve the pain of a broken collarbone, investigators wrote.





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    Its all bad news. Terrible,I remember the one you sent with the little children accidently taking this crap,and dieing,so sad.

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    quote:Originally posted by heather2

    Its all bad news. Terrible,I remember the one you sent with the little children accidently taking this crap,and dieing,so sad.
    Yup...me too.

    'Cause it looks like orange juice. What's up with MMT patients who don't keep their take homes in lock boxes when they have children?:(

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