If you or someone that you know is addicted to opioid-based drugs, perhaps it's worth investigating various forms of treatment. Methadone maintenance treatment is one of the most common treatments for opioid addiction. According to the Florida Medical Examiners Report, opiate-related deaths have increased from 869 in 2000 to 3155 in 2007. Heroin, an illicit opiate drug has seen a decrease in the number of deaths in Florida from a Heroin overdose with 267 in 2000 down to just 110 in 2007. Opiate-based drugs can be highly addictive and difficult to treat without medical assistance. Vicodin and codeine are two medicinal drugs that are also opiates and these too can be addictive.
One of the common forms of assistance alongside various behavioral therapies is drug therapy. The most common drug used to manage opiate addictions like heroin addiction is methadone. Methadone has been used for over 30 years. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, long-term methadone treatment is more successful at preventing relapse than short-term treatment for opioid-dependent people. As a drug therapy, it is successful against opiate drugs because when administered correctly it decreases the cravings, assists with easing withdrawal symptoms, and does not induce intoxication. In Florida, there are registered methadone treatment facilities. Some of these facilities provide services that are reimbursed by the Medicaid scheme.
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