Methadone, a member of the opioid family, is increasingly being prescribed to pain sufferers not only because it is less expensive than Oxycontin or Vicodin, but because it stays in the body longer—a factor that has contributed to the number of accidental overdose deaths in pain patients in Washington state.

At the same time, methadone’s half-life has allowed thousands of opiate addicts in our state to recover from and/or manage their addiction through careful administration of the drug at treatment centers. We sit down with Ron Jackson, Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services, to learn why methadone works for treating opiate addiction and explore the increased need for this type of treatment.

This video was produced to accompany the KCTS 9 Television documentary, Prescription for Abuse which originally aired on January 30, 2012. For more information on this topic and to watch the documentary, visit: KCTS9.org/rx.

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