How many people have to die from Methadone? There were 5500 methadone related deaths in 2007. Methadone in theraputic doses kills.Methadone can cause life threatening heart problems. A dose that may be therapeutic for one may be lethal for another. Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)  was second to Methadone  in number of deaths. Propoxyphene was withdrawn from the market at the request of the FDA in 2010, methadone remains. Why? Methadone is still being prescribed with medications that cause death.There are very few studies that methadone is effective for prescription pill addiction.Methadone is being diverted, pharmacies are being robbed for methadone, crime has continued and methadone is being abused. (These are all reasons for using methadone for addiction) Using methadone for addiction is trading an addiction for an addiction. Methadone is the last drug of choice for pain management because the risk of death with therapeutic doses are so well known. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic properties are complex and incompletely documented. Methadones unique properties make it unforgiving and sometimes lethal. Methadone has little cross tolerance with other opioids; therefore even patients with a high degree of opioid tolerance are at risk of overdose. Methadone represented less than 5% of prescribed opiates but was attributed to 1/3 of opiate related deaths. Again, how many people have to die?

We the undersigned ask  for your help to stop methadone deaths. There were 5500 metheadone related deaths in 2007. How many people have to die? Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet) was second behind methadone in numbers of deaths. Propoxyphene was removed from the market at the request of the FDA in 2010, methadone was not. Why not? All the reasons that are stated for using methadone for addiciton, (reduced crime rate, to be more productive, ect) This has proven not to be the case. I don't believe there are any recent studies to prove the effectiveness and to justify the continued use of methadone for prescription opioid addiction. Methadone for pain control is used as a last resort because the risk of death even with a therapeutic dose is so well known. It seems that the risks outweigh the benefits of this drug. Please save other families from the unnecessary pain and heartache that methadone has caused. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Tonya D. Roberts

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