According to the National Substance Abuse Index only 0.5% of people in Kansas are admitted for heroin addiction. However, heroin is a highly addictive opiate and it is often “cut” with other drugs or poisons. Moreover, the method of delivery, injection, has significant risks for the spread of diseases like HIV, hepatitis B or C, and soft tissue infections.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) is used to treat those with opiate addictions such as heroin or oxycontin. Methadone Maintenance Treatment is considered the most effective way to manage opiate addictions as it both makes people resistant to the euphoria and other associated effects of opiates and relieves cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Due to the effectiveness of methadone to manage chronic opiate addiction, the NIH (National Institute of Health) has recommended expanding the availability of methadone to treat opiate addiction. According to a research paper from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, methadone needs to be administered for an indefinite period as it is a corrective rather than curative form of treatment. That means it cannot cure heroin addiction (or other opiate addiction) but helps manage the disease. This form of management is seen as having significant benefits as it reduces the number of people injecting drugs, which in turn reduces the number of injection-related diseases like HIV. To find out more about Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Kansas, visit our website.
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