If you are using methadone, it can be good to know that you will test positive for opiates. The one way for your employer to know that you are using methadone is to order a test specifically for methadone, a which by the way is rarely practiced. Also, if you have been approved to undergo a methadone maintenance program, then you are almost certainly not abusing the drug illicitly. The fact is, the Americans with Disabilities Act covers methadone patients; thus, your use of methadone may not allow your employer to deny you the employment.
Methadone is a legally prescribed drug made by licensed pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and is strictly monitored with standards for quality control.
- It is a central nervous system depressant that can be extremely addictive.
- The drug is often administered by a supervising physician and the prescription should follow strict guidelines.
- It cannot impair your mental functions and is also non-intoxicating or sedating.
- Patients who treat with methadone can still continue to work and can feel normal reactions emotionally, including mild pain.
- Methadone creates nausea, sedation, insensitivity towards pain, analgesia, reduced blood pressure, and slowed down respiration and pulse.
- After single doses of methadone in non-addicted patients, the subjective effects of methadone can be comparable to that of heroin or morphine use. The common symptoms include a sensation of well-being, euphoria, and drowsiness.
If you use methadone as prescribed by a licensed practitioner, methadone can be a safe drug with no adverse effects.
The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy reveals that methadone has been well-tested and is deemed efficacious and safe for treating narcotic dependence and its withdrawal symptoms. The active ingredient in most brand name painkillers including Vicodin, NOrco, Lortab, and Zohydro is Hydrocodone. In drugs like Percocet and OxyContin, the active ingredient used is oxycodone. Various formulas made with hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine make up most of the opioid painkillers available. Each is considered a semi-synthetic opioid formulated by pharmaceutical companies using several alkaloids derived from the opium poppy plant.
Methadone is a purely synthetic drug.
The Germans were initially motivated to develop methadone due to the lack of access to the opium poppy plant. Although methadone does act on the very brain receptors occupied by opiates, methadone is still not derived from the poppy plant and is not semi-synthetic drug compared to other painkiller drugs.
Among its differences are risk levels. For instance, a lack of getting high on opiates and an extended release of the drug morphine may result in an overdose. At the same time, using methadone with sedatives, alcohol, antidepressants, amphetamines and other opioids may also result in an overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 revealed that methadone is responsible for almost 1 out of 3 deaths from prescription painkiller in 2009 that resulted in over 30% of painkiller deaths in the country.