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New methadone is ‘disgusting,’ users report

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

(QMI Agency)

(QMI Agency)

A coalition of methadone users is filing a complaint with the College of Pharmacists of B.C. after hearing of two overdoses caused by the new, stronger variety of the opiate-addiction replacement since its introduction this month.

Laura Shaver, president of the B.C. Association of People on Methadone, said on Wednesday she’s heard from several users of the new “cherry red” methadone so far, and they haven’t had any good things to report.

“People would like to have a choice to go back to the old methadone,” she said.

“We’ve had two overdoses so far … I know they both needed to be administered with opiate overdose medication.”

Shaver said some pharmacists are still in “transition” to the new replacement and don’t have proper measuring cups or dispensing machines — devices which were supposed to make the new solution harder to tamper with.

The former version of methadone, which is still used by some with existing prescriptions, had a tenth of the strength of the new solution. The former was also mixed with orange-flavoured Tang, which made it palatable.

Shaver, who now uses the new solution, said the stronger formula was “disgusting.”




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