Methadone Leading Cause of Overdose Victims in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state medical examiner's report says methadone is the prescription drug that was most frequently detected in the blood of fatal overdose victims. Methadone is commonly prescribed for treating patients suffering from chronic pain and medical professionals describe methadone as an effective tool for pain management.

Overdose due to methadone is on the rise in Kentucky as reflected in the State Medical Examiners Annual Report. It lists 197 deaths related to the misuse of the prescription drug methadone last year. Methadone was detected in 41 percent of the 484 overdose death cases in Kentucky.

A recent federal government study found that nationwide methadone-related deaths climbed to more than 38-hundred in 2004 from about 780 in 1999.

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  • by Libby on Apr 25, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    When is this going to stop I too have a son whom is an addict. I just know I will get the call any day. I don't want the little guys I want the politicians and the bussiness owners in town that are making money off of them.
  • by Sabrina Location: Michigan on Feb 13, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    I just lost my little brother two days before his 24th birthday from this drug. It was the second time he had ever taken it before. he left us ans his three year old little girl to try to go on with our lives. How do you think he got this pills if he wasn't precribed them? He got them from someone who was!These pills that the government and our doctors say are here to help us will be the same thing that brings us falling to the ground. The reason that precribitions are the leader in overdose death right now is because we have millions of legal dealers(doctors)and thousands of their patients who sell their pills for extra money. Still we as people wonder how this has turned into such a big problem!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    this is to the lady from VA if you read all pf these post everyone that says anything about overdosing had a mixture of drugs ( mostly cocaine) in there system as well
  • by bobby Location: beckley wv on May 29, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    Methadone is so helpful, you people have no idea. The people dying aren't prescribed methadone. Before i was prescribed methadone I couldnt hold a job, get out of bed, couldn't do anything without a ton of pills. I had "pill heads" in my family and i dispized them, but then i had an accident at work and was put on pain meds , the longer i was on them the more i needed. I never snorted pills or did any other drugs to this day. My pain problem became a pill problem. At the methadone clinic i go to there are people from al walks of life not just trash like you people think. How many alcohol related deaths are there each year? anyone can buy alcohol, at least these clinics have very strict rules. Just look at what else is in these peoples system, cocaine, xanax , its the mixture thats killing these people. They are trying to get high. Methadone taken right is a good thing, and not going to kill anyone. It saved my life, my marriage, and my wallet.
  • by scott Location: connersville, IN on Mar 31, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    I've got methadone addicts in my family along with other pill heads. them along with all these other (edited) bags lookin for a buzz need to just cast themselves off the face of the earth. you aren't worth anyones time.
  • by Shirl Location: Richlands, Va. on Jan 24, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    To Jessica: If Methadone is so helpful why have you been on it for 2 years already? Can you not see it is an addiction as well? This is a legal way to sell drugs to people who need to get off other drugs. You need an in-house treatment or you will be on Methadone the rest of your life. Too many people are dyeing from Methadone and it is sad. Please get yourself some other help.
  • by Jessica Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    I'm so tired of this being a one-sided issue, finally I can give my comment. This drug,when taken as perscribed is no doubt a LIFE SAVER. I've been taking methadone for 2 years now and it's helped me obtain AND keep a job. I owe my life to this methadone maintenance treatment center. So as long these treatment facilities continue to save lives you stigmatizers need to get used to them being in your cities. Doing drugs DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON.
  • by Lacey Location: Spokane, WA on Sep 27, 2007 at 10:47 PM
    I know more people that I can count that are NOT druggies and took 1 pill (who weren't pill poppers) and died that day from it. One 10mg. pill is lethal to some it's not just druggies that die from's everyday people. Our youth are taking it and are dying at a devistating rate. If a peice of type of lettuce killed 5 people, or even made them sick - they'd take it off the market. Methadone has killed hundreds, of thousands of people...and the FDA still won't take it off the market...because it is cheap to make. They say money runs the world...this is just another example of how it does. It's very disturbing and we need to do something about it.
  • by DARRELL Location: NC on Aug 9, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    My 52 year old brother who was addicted to drugs most of his life just died. The death cerftificate read polydrug toxicity methadone/cocaine. He was a heroin user on and off since 15, began using coke when it became popular. My whole family expected this one day but you know something. He never smoked a cigarette in his life and to everyone's utter amazement he kept himself in peak physical condition even while doing drugs. When he died he was 6'2 225lbs of a physically fit drug addict. What is my point. He went for help for the Heroin. I swear the Methadone killed him and if you have an addict in your family and you put them on methadone you might as well be engraving their tombstone. Mix anything with it, even alcohol and eventually you will be saying good-bye sooner than expected.
  • by Janet Location: London on Jun 6, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    almost any prescription drug can be dangerous if isn't taken right. People are prescribed methadone because they need it. It shouldn't be taken off the market because a bunch of druggies misuse it.
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