If methadone is such a bad drug, why do we use it to treat addiction?

As you are probably aware, methadone has a terrible reputation. People believe that it gets into the bones and rots the teeth of the methadone user. There is no truth to these methadone myths. While it is true that methadone can be dangerous if misused, under the care of a licensed treatment program, it can be safe and highly effective. Especially in today’s world of tainted heroin, methadone can be the best option available. Dangerous fentanyl analogs found in street heroin wreak havoc with the user’s opioid receptors and make it difficult for any medical addiction treatment to work. Yet, methadone’s unique properties make it an ideal treatment in this situation. Continue reading “How Long Do I Need To Wait To Take Suboxone After Taking Methadone?”

Opiate VS Opioid

What is an opiate?

The word opiate generally refers to naturally occurring drugs that bind to receptors found in the human body known as opioid receptors. Opiates are derived from the opium poppy plant. Morphine is an example of an opiate.  Codeine is another. Heroin is synthesized from morphine and is in a category known as semi-synthetic opioids. So, here is where the confusion between opiate and opioid begin. Heroin, a major drug of abuse all over the world, is not an opiate, yet it is often referred to as an opiate. Continue reading “Opiate VS Opioid. What is the difference?”