Opioid Treatment Program
If you’ve been using opioid drugs such as heroin, OxyContin, codeine, Dilaudid, Percocet and others, and you’ve come to a point where you know you can’t go on using, but you can’t seem to stop either, methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) may be right for you.
If you’re pregnant, and you’re using heroin, seek MMT right away. Methadone prevents opioid withdrawal, which can threaten the life of your baby.
Pharmacists at Humber Green Pharmacy have the unique knowledge, skills and responsibilities for assuming an important role in substance abuse prevention education and assistance. Pharmacists, as health care providers, should be actively involved in reducing the negative effects that substance abuse has on society, health systems and the pharmacy profession.
Pharmacists at Humber Green Pharmacy are able to identify individuals with substance use disorders and to help motivate them to seek change and treatment. As one of the most accessible health care professionals, the pharmacist at Humber Green Pharmacy can play an important role and refer patients to appropriate services and substance use treatment programs (www.horizonsclinic.ca).
Further involvement could include offering advice to people with substance use problems about health issues and how to minimize health risks.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is an effective and legal substitute for opioid drugs such as heroin, codeine, morphine, Dilaudid and Percodan. Methadone is a long-acting opioid drug. This means it acts more slowly in the body, for a longer period of time, than most other opioids. By acting slowly it can prevent withdrawal and eliminate or reduce drug cravings, without causing a person to get high.
How Does It Work?
The main goal of methadone treatment is to prevent physical withdrawal and help you to feel more stable, energetic and clear-headed. The effects of one dose of methadone last for one to two days. So you can stop taking heroin or other opioids that you may have been using many times a day. You can then devote your time to focusing on other aspects of your life- like work, family or school- and taking care of yourself.
Treatment works best when combined with other types of support. Our Pharmacists can motivate you and refer you to individual or group counselling.
Remember, you are the one making the changes. Your doctor, pharmacist or counsellor is there to support you to improve the quality of your life.