WHAT IS METHADONE? Methadone is a synthetic (man-made) narcotic. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? German scientists synthesized methadone during World War II because of a shortage of morphine. Methadone was introduced into the United States in 1947 as an analgesic (Dolophine®). What are common street names? Common street names include: • Amidone, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fizzies with MDMA, and Wafer What does it look like? Methadone is available as a tablet, oral solution, or injectable liquid. Tablets are available in 5 mg and 10 mg formulations. As of January 1, 2008, manufacturers of methadone hydrochloride tablets 40 mg (dispersible) have voluntarily agreed to restrict distribution of this formulation to only those facilities authorized for detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, and hospitals. Manufacturers will instruct their wholesale distributors to discontinue supplying this formulation to any facility not meeting the above criteria.
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