Street (Diverted) Methadone
Also referred to as:
Amidone, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fizzies, Maria, Pastora, Salvia, Street Methadone, and Wafer
What is Street Methadone?
Similar to heroin or Oxycondone in its effects, methadone is a synthetic drug that is often taken by people who are seeking treatment for a opioid withdrawal symptoms; however, many people also abuse it by diverting it from its proper and safe use. It reaches the street as some people are able to take their methadone at home and then for various reasons they decide to sell it. Methadone illegally sold is then often diluted, making it more dangerous because the dosage becomes unregulated.
This is a long acting drug and there is no “rush” or “high” associated with taking it.
Methadone is available as a tablet, oral (drinkable) solution, or as an injectable liquid.
Side effects include:
- itchy skin
Abuse of methadone can result in the person becoming tolerant of and physically dependent on the drug. When the person stops using, they may experience withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, nausea, muscle tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
The effects of a methadone overdose include: slow and shallow breathing, blue fingernails and lips, stomach spasms, clammy skin, convulsions, weak pulse, coma, and possible death.