This podcast is based on the July 2012 CDC Vital Signs report. Approximately 14 people die every day of overdoses related to methadone. Listen to learn how to reduce your risk of an overdose. Created: 7/3/2012 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 7/3/2012. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Over the last decade, prescription painkillers have caused thousands of overdose deaths. One, in particular, has played a central role in the epidemic: methadone. Methadone was involved in one in three prescription painkiller deaths in 2009, and about 14 people die every day of overdoses related to methadone.
Health care providers have used methadone safely and effectively to treat drug addiction for decades. But over the past ten years, providers have increased its use for pain. As methadone prescriptions have increased, so has the number of overdoses.
Reduce your risk of an overdose. Use methadone only as directed by your health care provider. Don’t sell or share it with others. Always store methadone in a secure place and dispose of it properly. And if you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, get help. Call 1-800-662-HELP.