SAMHSA eases restrictions for methadone treatment
Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP’s) were required to provide the daily doses of methadone on site at the clinics. As of late March, SAMHSA eased restrictions, allowing qualified patients to take home a limited supply of the medication, providing those in Medically Assisted Treatment on-going access while reducing the risk of relapse.
Powerful Drugs in the Home - Methadone is a highly potent medication. One pill could kill a child. Other medications, such as buprenorphine, prescribed through OTP clinics could also be very dangerous if taken by the wrong person, especially a child!
Lock Up ALL Medications, especially those used in the Medically-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder!
All medications should be stored out of the reach and sight of children. The more dangerous the drug, the more important it is to not only store it out of sight but to LOCK IT UP in a medicine lock box or other box that can be locked.
In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year our center manages more than 50,000 calls from health care providers, 911 operators, hospitals, industry, schools, and the general public in our 54-county service area.
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About Upstate New York Poison Center
Housed inside Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, the Upstate New York Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the number, cost and severity of poisonings within its designated 54-county service area as mandated by New York State Law. The Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to both health professionals and the general public at 1-800-222-1222.
About Upstate Medical University
SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.