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Methadone Clinic Lawsuits Mount as Drug Dangers

Posted by Kevin Dugan on October 11, 2012

Methadone overdose deaths and subsequent methadone lawsuits have steadily increased in the last five years because methadone is being used as a painkiller and a method to deal with opiate addiction.  Methadone itself is a dangerous drug.  Last June, the FDA issued a safety warning about the synthetic drug.

Methadone, a synthetic drug perhaps best known for treating heroin addiction, was first developed in 1937 as an alternative to morphine in post-surgical situations.  Ten years later it was introduced to the US market as a powerful painkiller for those patients who need a stronger pain medicine than a non-narcotic option. 

As we wrote in a previous methodone blog post, methadone became a preferred pain drug in the 1990's as Oxycontin's widespread abuse was gaining notoriety.  Somehow, the fact that methadone has a longer and perhaps more dangerous history of abuse and side effects than Oxycontin.

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