When used as prescribed, methadone is safe and effective. During methadone maintenance therapy, the dosage prescribed reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings without creating a “high” feeling.
However, because methadone is an opioid, it can still cause dangerous side-effects if you take more than the prescribed amount. Severe or life-threatening breathing problems may occur at high doses and if taken with other substances. Additionally, when methadone is misused and not taken as prescribed, there is an overdose risk. Although methadone is effective from cross opiate addiction, it is not effective in building an energetic, purposeful life.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), methadone is responsible for 5,000 overdose deaths a year.5 Possibly due to the boom in opioid addiction in the recent past, the number of deaths resulting from methadone overdoses has risen each year. Unfortunately, six times as many individuals died from methadone overdoses in 2009 than in 1999.