Just like any other opioid drug, the tendency for shooting methadone could be for the intensity of its effects and the rapid high that it elicits. However, methadone is known to have various mechanisms of action in comparison to the short-acting opioids making such mode of administration fatal.
In therapies for pain management, methadone is often administered via intramuscular injection which aims to give off more of its analgesic effects compared to oral administration. However, outside of such context, this mode of administration should be entirely avoided.
You may be prescribed methadone for the treatment of chronic to severe pain or in opioid treatment programs where it becomes an opioid agonist. It is effective not only for detox but also for maintenance.
The DEA reveals that methadone is now being sold in the market in the following forms:
- Oral Concentrate at 10 mg per ml
- Powder in 50, 100, or 500 mg per bottle
- Oral Solution in 5 or 10 mg per ml
- Injection of 10 mg per ml
- Tablet in 5, 10 or 40 mg
In most cases in the U.S., the tablet form of methadone is prescribed by a licensed physician. This includes various ingredients including lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide and magnesium stearate. As both liquid and powder formulations are deemed purer, the tendency to shoot these forms of methadone is more likely.
What Are The Dangers of Shooting Methadone?
This mode of administration is known to create a rapid and intensified high. However, methadone features a high affinity to opioid receptors linked to the reduction of heart and breathing rates. A mere small amount of methadone shot through your system may lead to a sudden overdose that can be fatal even with a single day’s dose. In several cases, an increased vulnerability may lead to a compromise in health or even polysubstance abuse.
One other risk of methadone shooting is caused by the various chemicals in the drug that may clog your arteries and veins, cause arterial damages and bacterial infections. Lung, heart and several immunological diseases are not uncommon among IV methadone users with several risks to their other systems and organs. Also, communicable diseases like HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and AIDS are more common in IV abuse populations. Take note that just a single use of one dirty needle and other shared paraphernalia can cause immense changes in your life.
How to Recognize an Addiction to Methadone?
You may once be a healthy and happy individual but methadone addiction can quickly turn you into a depressed and dependent person. If only you would educate yourself about the signs of methadone addiction, you can avoid becoming a methadone addict and help a loved one overcome addiction as well.
You may worry when your behavior dramatically changes particularly when you have just begun or increased your dose of methadone. Other telltale signs of a methadone addiction include:
- Increased tolerance—Once a methadone user has developed drug tolerance that is they need higher doses of the drug to obtain previous effects, then an addiction may have developed. This is commonly the first sign to watch out for although it is not necessarily a surefire way to tell if it is an addiction.
- The appearance of withdrawal symptoms—If you have fallen into the habit of using methadone and stopped methadone use suddenly, you could experience a range of withdrawal symptoms from cramps and insomnia to depression.
- Prioritizing methadone—If you find yourself choosing methadone over your family and other social responsibilities then you could be an addict.