Methadone is a prescription drug that is used to treat addiction and addiction symptoms. It is a synthetic opioid that is derived from the same substances where morphine and heroin come from. It is often used for patients who are recovering from opioid addictions. It is somewhat similar to pain medication drugs such as oxycodone and other drugs.
Methadone and methadone-related drugs may go by various names, such as Amidone, Dolophine, Heptadon, Methadose, and Symoron. “Dolly” is a common street name for methadone.
Although methadone is used to treat addiction, the drug itself can be addicting. Normal use is also linked with various side effects, including nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal disturbances, and other symptoms. Regular users may experience moderate to severe withdrawal depending on their usage habits.
More dangerous issues can arise when methadone is mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or other drugs. Some street drugs may involve an unknown mix of substances, making them dangerous or even deadly.
Serious injury or even death can result from misuse of methadone. Over the past decade, methadone-related fatalities have nearly quadrupled compared to previous recordings.
Under FDA regulations, methadone is a controlled substance. It is legal to have and use methadone with a valid prescription. Unauthorized possession of methadone can lead to criminal consequences. Also, obtaining methadone in an illegal manner can lead to consequences as well (such as through prescription fraud or health care fraud).
Illegal distribution of methadone can lead to greater penalties than possession charges. Penalties for drug crimes can range from 1 year in jail to several years in prison. Drug penalties may depend on whether the conviction is for a misdemeanor or for a felony. Criminal fines may also apply. Defenses against drug convictions may apply, depending on the circumstances.
Like other prescription drug crimes, methadone violations can lead to very serious legal penalties. You may need to hire a qualified criminal law attorney in your area if you need assistance with drug charges. Your lawyer can help provide you with legal advice and can represent you during the process.