The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that one in three people, who take methadone in the form of pain killer, are not able to survive. The drug is given to treat drug addiction, but many people take it as a pain killer.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who is the director of CDC, was of the view that it is not the first time when it has been found that opioids drug overdose has led to deaths. Last year, it was considered to be quite gruesome, as a lot many people die to the drug overdose and shocking part of the story was that one in three, who lost their lives, was taking methadone.
"All of the evidence suggests that the increase in methadone related deaths is related to increased use of methadone to treat pain”, said Frieden. It is quite astonishing to know that deaths in regard to methadone have been on rise, despite the fact that its prescription rate in America is not more than 2%.
Some other drugs that are raising concerns are vicodin, oxycontin, and opana, but methadone remains the leader in the list. Frieden said that there is a reason for the supremacy and the explanation is that methadone is riskier than other drugs.
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