Methadone dependence requires specific forms of treatment, such as withdrawal management and or medication-assisted treatment. Withdrawal management mitigates withdrawal symptoms and makes it easier for a drug-user to transition to a rehabilitation program. Medication-assisted treatment operates much of the same way and is a good solution done with counseling and or therapy. However, detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery from drugs. Drug users must attend some form of inpatient and outpatient drug treatment programs in the state following detox.
Per a Drug Threat Summary for the State of Idaho in 2016, there were 261 drug-related deaths. Prescription pain medication contributed to most of these deaths, followed by psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, also synthetic narcotics, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. At the time of this report, the state of Idaho ranked 17th nationally for the number of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 residents. In 2012 the state prescribing rate reached a high but then fell 16% between 2012 and 2016. The counties in the state that had the highest prescribing rates were Washington, Bear Lake, and Nez Pearce. Opioid addiction occurs with legally prescribed pain medication and illegal pain pills. Many opiate addicts eventually begin using heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain.
Per the same report, the number and volume of methamphetamine and heroin seizures rose between 2015 and 2016. These two drugs contribute to devastating addictions that are difficult to manage without proper help. Many opiate addicts choose to take methadone to treat their addiction, and methadone is also prescribed to treat pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, methadone accounted for one percent of all opioids prescribed for pain in the United States. Additionally, 23% of all opioid prescription deaths were due to methadone. Methadone is an opiate and acts the same way in the body as other pain medication. The sustained and long-term use of the drug does lead to dependence and tolerance, requiring medically supervised detox.