from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A potent synthetic narcotic drug, C21H27NO, that is less addictive than morphine or heroin and is used as a substitute for these drugs in addiction treatment programs. It may also be used for chronic pain management.

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  • n. A synthetic opioid analgesic, used to wean addicts off of heroin or other opiate based narcotics, and in chronic pain management.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. synthetic narcotic drug similar to morphine but less habit-forming; used in narcotic detoxification and maintenance of heroin addiction


Short for methadone hydrochloride : (di)meth(yl) + a(mino) + d(iphenyl) + (heptan)one, a ketone (heptan(e) + -one).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • He refuses to prescribe drugs to prisoners who fake illness and describes how methadone is used along with heroine, instead of as a replacement for it.

    Theodore Dalrymple – Second Opinion « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, a Lisbon-based European Union agency, says methadone or other substance-substitution programs are generally viewed as successful but has observed that some Portuguese are beginning to question long-term methadone therapy.

    At 10, Portugal's Drug Law Draws New Scrutiny

  • I was after a prolific criminal type for burglary on a pharmacy, and it turns out he actually collects his methadone from the same said pharmacy.


  • Give addicts contraception in methadone, says McNeil

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: May 12, 2006

  • Some may think that someone who’s messed their own life up to the extent of needing methadone is in no state to carry the responsibility of bringing up kids.

    Protect, Serve….. then release on bail to re-offend. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • With a bit of luck they WON’T come back from Iraq/Iran/Afghanistan and will be obliterated by a land mine and save the country a fortune in methadone scripts, giros and paying for their keep at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. on February 23, 2007 at 8: 24 pm | Reply gilbo

    Community Engagement « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The drug that has shown the biggest jump in contributing to overdose deaths over the last 10 years is methadone, which is used not just for pain relief, but also as treatment for heroin addicts.

    Radley Balko: The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers

  • I'm beginning to formulate a theory, that there may have been -- there is a medicine called methadone that pain patients get on all the time these days.

    CNN Transcript Jul 27, 2009

  • I'm beginning to formulate a theory that there may have been -- there's a medicine called methadone that pain patients get on all the time these days.

    CNN Transcript Jul 27, 2009

  • In fact, are there any - I mean, we talk about these are drug charges but in one case, apparently, she was given a prescription for methadone, which is an opiate, right, when she was eight months pregnant with her baby, Dannielynn.

    CNN Transcript Mar 13, 2009


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