Methadone is a synthetically produced opioid and has an analgesic effect without producing a state of intoxication. As part of their care, drug addicts receive methadone as a substitute substance to make their lives easier. The controlled supply of the substitute offers a way out of addiction and a way back into society.
In concrete terms, the supply works in such a way that patients appear at the pharmacy and take the methadone under the supervision of the specialist staff (visual reference). Until an addicted person is discontinued, the intake happens daily. However, drug-addicted individuals who fail to make the jump to abstinence require long-term care. If a number of factors apply, the doctor can also prescribe a take-home supply after "consulting" with the patient, in which the patient takes the drug on his or her own responsibility without further supervision.
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