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Rising Drug Use in India Prompts Methadone Recommendation by UNAIDS

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Less well known are the risks involved in methadone use. Most people do not realize that methadone is addictive itself and recent years have seen a marked increase in street sales and abuse of methadone. Individuals who abuse methadone risk becoming addicted to it, and methadone addicts often report that it is more difficult to withdraw from than heroin itself. Withdrawal can involve excruciating muscle and bone pain, severe respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, tachycardia, intestinal spasms, involuntary kicking and twitching movements as well as anxiety and depression, combined with suicidal thoughts. Withdrawal involves a longer length of time than does heroin withdrawal, according to addict reports.

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