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MethadoneMethadone is an opiate whose main use lies in the treatment of heroin addicts – it is prescribed to them as part of a treatment programme. However, it can be misused and is available on the black market.

What else is it called?

Meth, juice, linctus, mixture, physeptone

What does it look like?

Methadone prescribed to people trying to come off ‘street’ heroin is usually a green liquid which is swallowed, but it can come in tablet or injectable form

What is its legal status?

  • Methadone is a Class A drug  illegal to have, give away or sell.
  • Possession can get you up to seven years in jail.
  • Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

Methadone is given on prescription to heroin addicts to stop withdrawal symptoms and try and help them off drugs.

How much does it cost?

Roughly £10 per 100ml mixture. This can vary and 'street' methadone is often watered down.

What equipment do people use to take it?

None. Methadone comes in prescription bottles.

What about dependence/addiction?

Because methadone has similar effects to heroin, you can easily become addicted – especially if you are taking methadone to get ‘high’. Methadone is physically addictive. In principle, the aim of methadone treatment is to reduce the dose over time until a patient can give up altogether.