IS "METH" THE SAME AS METHADONE? People often call to ask us if "Meth" and Methadone are the same thing. They are not! “Meth” is a slang term often used in print and TV media to refer to the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine. Crystal meth is a highly addictive stimulant drug that can lead to devastating effects for its users (paranoia, hallucinations, heart attack, stroke, and death). Addi
ction often develops rapidly, and users are left with severe depression and fatigue as they crash following use of the drug. Crystal methamphetamine wreaks havoc on the brain’s neurotransmitters, and it is estimated that around 20% of those who abuse it develop psychotic symptoms similar in appearance to schizophrenia. It is easy to see how the general public could confuse methadone and “meth”, not realizing they are completely different substances. It is important that people understand the two have no connection, and that “meth labs” are referring specifically to the illegal production of crystal methamphetamine, not methadone. Methadone is a leading medication-of-choice in the treatment of opioid addiction. The trusted treatment centers that partner with Accuracy First Diagnostics (AFD) for drug testing often use methadone to help patients. In fact, methadone is one of the most well-researched medications in history with a proven track record of efficacy in helping opioid dependent individuals avoid illicit opiate use. Call now to learn about our low cost drug testing!