Labelled an effort to fight the growing issue of opioid addiction here within the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced that the provincial drug formulary (ODB) will no longer be covering high-dose long-acting opioids over 200mg MED (Morphine Equivalent Dose) as of January 2017.
For those of you who've never experienced what it's like to down a dose of Methadone, let me give you a quick idea; it's best taken all in one go, like you would a shot of Tequila. If you pay attention to the patients just after they've ingested their Methadone, you'll often catch a few of the faces puckering up in reaction to the bitter taste. When the dose itself is prepared by the pharmacist, it must be diluted prior to being dispensed to the patient. But the amount of liquid added as a diluting agent can pose problems for some patients when it comes to downing their dose...and keeping it there.
By K. Lanktree
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- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
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