Saturday, May 29, 2010
Don't Blame Clinics for Methadone ODs, SAMHSA Says
Methadone has been involved in a growing number of drug overdoses, but diversion from methadone clinics is not the source of the problem, according to officials at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Rather, most of the methadone associated with overdoses originated with physicians prescribing the drug as a painkiller. "While deaths involving methadone increased, experiences in several states show that addiction treatment programs are not the culprits," said H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.