Xanax and Methadone Abuse

For decades, Methadone has been praised as being the solution for opiate addicts. The drug was made and developed specifically for opiate addicts in a bid to put an end to withdrawal symptoms and cravings. But, how about if methadone had a loop hole that patients didn’t know about? Well, unfortunately, it does. Methadone, when paired with Xanax, Ambien, Klonipin, and Ativan and other know benzodiazepines make a combination that is lethal and that claims the lives of thousands of addicts and users each year.

Methadone was developed in Germany in 1939 and is a synthetic opiate, commonly prescribed to heroin addicts hoping to quit their addiction. Methadone minimizes the severity of withdrawals felt by the addict, but it also has its own withdrawal symptoms that can in themselves be long lasting. When a user quits heroin, the withdrawal symptoms generally last one to 2 weeks; in contrast to this, withdrawal symptoms from methadone generally last between 1 and 2 months, the exact time depending on the dose that was being taken.

What is definitely clear is that users of methadone aren’t fully aware of this and the warnings that are out there regarding Methadone. This could be because the addict is only interested in the present; in the fact that Methadone will stop the withdrawal symptoms from heroin. The user is looking for a quick fix, and does not pay attention to the finer details, or they do not care. Whichever the scenario, there is one thing that needs to be addressed, and that is the deadly combination of benzodiazepine and Methadone, a problem of epidemic proportions.

Benzodiazepines, commonly known as benzos, are prescribed for panic attacks, anxiety, and insomnia, sold under names such as Ambien, Klonipin, Valium, and Xanax. Benzos have a sedative affect, and for this reason they are often abused, Benzo addiction being very prevalent in today’s society. Studies carried have shown that nearly ¼ of users of benzos will become addicted within the first three months they take them. It has also to be noted, through research, that although benzos have a calming effect, they work differently than opiates. This in turn makes them the drug of choice for methadone users who are looking for a new high.

There is a problem of epidemic proportions of people combining Benzos with Methadone. Statistics are very worrying, and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 28 of the 41 recorded drug overdoses involved the lethal combination. The combination is deadly due to the respitory arrest it can cause. Further research is currently being carried out, as there is also mounting evidence that the toxic combination of Methadone and Benzos can also cause cardiac toxicity.

Addiction to Methadone is extremely scary; when combined with benzos, the addition is terrifying and can cause death, drug rehab being the only real way to handle the problem before it’s too late.

If you are currently abusing this lethal combination of drugs, or know of anyone that is, act now. Get in touch with your local rehab center to start a rehab program that will save your life and allow you to become fully drug-free.

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