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Safety and Security With Methadone

methadone-safetyIf you are currently a client in a methadone clinic, then you have most likely heard treatment staff emphasize the importance of safety with methadone and the necessity of carefully securing take home methadone doses. Methadone is a powerful medication that is tremendously helpful to recovering individuals. It is also potentially lethal in the wrong hands and consequently must be deliberately safeguarded.

There is a recently published article on Bloomberg regarding methadone being diverted and then taken by someone who later died from an overdose. This turn of events has led to newly proposed legislation in five states (Maine, Indiana, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) that would further tighten regulations regarding the operation of methadone clinics and their award of methadone take home medication to their clients.

The reported misuse of methadone, and associated deaths, was allegedly tied to several private, for-profit clinics that operate in these states. One of the criticisms of the private, for-profit clinics was that they are not providing "enough services". This is intended to mean that the clinics in question were not providing sufficient education & counseling support or adequate monitoring of those who receive take home methadone.

It is critically important that all methadone clinics (both private and publicly supported) implement thorough measures to educate clients on methadone safety concerns as well as institute monitoring protocols like 24 hour callbacks and random drug testing. 24 hour callbacks require take home recipients to return to their home clinic within 24 hours and to produce their methadone take home doses for count and inspection by the clinic's medical staff.

It is also important that methadone clinics only award take home medication privileges to those clients who have achieved certain progress milestones such as successive months of clean urinalysis, attendance to required counseling sessions, the absence of criminal charges, and demonstrated appropriate behaviors & attitude toward staff and peers at the clinic.

When individuals intentionally divert methadone doses or mishandle methadone through lax practices (such as leaving it sitting out in plain view), they put others at risk and ultimately undermine the delivery of methadone services in the community. In other words, the mistakes of a few can negatively affect everyone. This also erodes the community's confidence in methadone as a life-saving medical treatment.

In the end, it is the shared responsibility of all methadone clinics and their clients to insure that methadone is taken as prescribed, and safeguarded from diversion. When proper precautions are not honored, tragedies will occur. This will lead to state legislators taking matters into their own hands with additional laws & regulations that may keep worthy individuals from receiving a valuable privilege. Take home medication is so very beneficial to honest, hard-working individuals in recovery. It frees them to seek employment, hold a job, care for family, and to more easily meet many other important responsibilities in their lives.

Florida Methadone Clinics Serve Many

florida-methadone-3Florida currently hosts opioid treatment clinics in about 30 of its largest and most popular cities. The state is ranked 4th nationally in population with an estimated 18.6 million people residing in The Sunshine State. As is typically the case, the number of suboxone-approved physicians considerably outnumber actual “clinics” that dispense methadone or suboxone. The Miami area, for example, has about 60 such suboxone-approved doctors treating opioid addicted persons.

Florida is one of the most visited states in America as a vacation destination, and attracts millions of visitors annually from all around the world. For opioid treatment clients traveling to Florida, guest dosing is a common occurrence and relatively easy to set-up. This is usually accomplished by speaking to one’s primary counselor (or possibly the dispensing nurse) at one’s home clinic.

The staff at the home clinic must fax a request for guest dosing to the travel destination clinic. Bear in mind that many clinics require at least 72 hours advance notice to arrange for guest dosing, and a client must always produce a picture idea at the travel clinic verifying their identity in order to receive medication. Guest clinics typically charge a little more than normal dosing fees due to the administrative time & expense involved in setting up a visitor’s guest dosing.

For a complete listing of Methadone.US Florida cities, visit our Methadone Clinics By State page. There, you will find a number of Florida hot spots with methadone clinics and Suboxone (buprenorphine) providers listed near the bottom of each city page. Also see the page, Florida Methadone Clinics.