• Journal Article

Methadone: A decade of emerging abuse and toxicity


Ropero Miller, J. (2005). Methadone: A decade of emerging abuse and toxicity. Clinical & Forensic Toxicology News, Sept, 3-6.


Methadone, a synthetic opioid analgesic, was invented by German scientists and used as a spasmolytic compound and as an alternative to scarce morphine during the early 1940s. Over the next four decades, methadone (Dolophine, Methadose) found medicinal applications in the United States, first as a treatment for opioid abstinence syndrome and subsequently as a maintenance medication for opioid addicts to alleviate craving and withdrawal symptoms.