METHADONE FOR PAIN: KEEPING PERSPECTIVE:
Though the focus of this website is treatment of addiction (particularly with methadone), the extraordinary media attention given in recent weeks and months to complications associated with methadone prescribed for pain should also be put in perspective. Clearly, every death associated with any medication, whatever the contributing factors and regardless how the medication was prescribed and/or otherwise obtained, is an absolute tragedy! We must not lose sight of the fact, however, that methadone can offer unique long-term relief for patients with chronic and debilitating pain. An article in the Salisbury, NC, Post on March 27 describes a case in point, and the headline says it all:
"Methadone only thing that makes life bearable for arthritis sufferer."
Full story: http://www.salisburypost.com/area/357243898133166.php