Methadone, meth, linctus, physeptone, phy amps.
Central nervous system depressant, analgesic.
The linctus is a brown liquid containing 2mg of methadone per 5ml of liquid.
Methadone mixture is a thick green syrup (video) containing equal amounts of methadone and liquid.
methadone comes as physeptone in ampoules, a clear liquid which is ready to inject.
There are also methadone tablets although these are rarely prescribed.
To inhibit opiate withdrawal symptoms, relieve pain.
Light-headedness, dizziness, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.
Methadone mixture is used in the management of opiate - mainly heroin - dependence. Methadone linctus is used as a cough suppressant and occasionally as a pain killer.
Tolerance, overdose which can be fatal. This is a particularly dangerous drug for children who have accidentally taken doses prescribed to their parents.
Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.
How is it taken?
The linctus and mixture are taken orally whilst the physeptone ampoules and sometimes the tablets are injected. The tablets are of course designed for oral use.
Brown medicine bottles for linctus and mixture and syringes, ampoules, tourniquet etc if injected.
Video of what methadone looks like.
Methadone mixture, a thick green syrup.
Where does it come from?
On prescription from a GP or doctor in a drug dependency clinic, or diverted from either.
Methadone is widely used in drug substitution programmes offered by drug dependency clinics and sometimes by GP's. Users are also seen by drug counselling agencies and may attend needle exchange schemes despite being on drugs designed to be taken orally.