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The methadone safety campaign materials provide simple instructions on how to use the medication correctly to either manage pain or treat drug addiction. To view these campaign materials available, in English or Spanish, please visit:

New Guide for Using Methadone Safely

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have created a safety campaign to help ensure the safe use of methadone. Methadone is a prescription drug best known as a treatment for addiction and dependence on heroin and other narcotic pain medicines, but methadone is also commonly prescribed to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain patients. The "Follow Directions: How to Use Methadone Safely" campaign responds to concerns about an increasing number of poisoning deaths linked to the incorrect use of this medication.

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Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2009-04-30
Last Updated: 2009-12-05

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