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According to a journal article by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, methadone treatment is an effective way of managing addictions to opioid-based drugs like heroin. Methadone, however, does not cure the illness that is addiction to heroin and other opiate-based drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin. Methadone works by blocking the euphoric effects of opiate-based drugs and reducing cravings. The results from methadone treatments are promising as, according to the journal article by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, methadone reduces the number of people using heroin and it also reduces the risk of people contracting blood-borne diseases from injecting the drug.

In Georgia between 2002 and 2006, 622 people were admitted for heroin addiction, according to the National Substance Abuse Index. The misuse of prescription drugs, including those based on opiates (such as Vicodin and Oxycontin) has risen in the last 10 years nationwide. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of accidental overdoses from opioid analgesics (a form of opiate-based prescription drug) now outnumbers overdoses from cocaine and heroin combined. In Georgia there are treatment centers that specialize in opioid addictions. Many of these centers offer drug therapy such as methadone maintenance for opiate addiction. These facilities are federally regulated. Please visit our website for a list of methadone maintenance facilities in Georgia.
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