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Methadone is an opioid used to help people with opioid dependence. Unlike other opioids, it stays in the body a long time, preventing cravings and the discomfort of withdrawal. Like all other medications, methadone must be taken safely.

Seeking help for your opioid dependence is a wise and important step in your road to recovery. Click here to learn how to use and store methadone safely.

This information is brought to you in partnership between ISMP Canada and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan's Opioid Agonist Therapy Program, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Patients for Patient Safety Canada along with support from Canadian Patient Safety Institute. It has been reviewed by Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC), The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA).

Visit ISMP Canada for additional resources.