There are strict laws regarding the distribution of methadone. If you buy it online from a scam pharmacy, you likely will receive a fake product.
Why Some People Attempt to Buy Methadone Online
Online pharmacies can help people who need convenience and have a prescription. There are safe and legal ways to buy medication online. There are a few ways to tell legitimate sellers apart from unauthorized sellers.
- Legitimate websites encourage you to follow the law and require you to upload a prescription. Unauthorized websites may be based outside the United States and actively encourage you to break the law.
- Marketing is not as common. Illegitimate websites send email blasts and offer specials where prices seem a bit too low.
- Many illegitimate websites look very professional, and they may even look better than websites for licensed pharmacies.
Methadone comes with strict regulations regarding its prescription and distribution. Initially, you have to visit a clinic daily to get your dose of methadone. You can’t take it at home.
Over time, you may earn the privilege to get take-home doses of the drug. This is after you have demonstrated a period of stability and compliance.
Risks of Buying Methadone Online
There are always risks to buying drugs online, even if methadone is legal when you have a prescription. Some of the risks of buying methadone online are:
Diluted product. Your methadone might be weak and will not be effective in treating your cravings.
Expired methadone. Products you buy online may be very cheap because they are expired. This means they cannot help you, and you are spending money on something that is not useful to you.
Improper storage. Some medication needs to be stored at a certain temperature, and you have no way of knowing whether or not it was stored the right way.
Wrong medication. You may receive a lower dose or the wrong medication altogether.
Counterfeit methadone. It is hard to know what you might receive when you buy methadone online. You may receive an illegal substance that could derail your treatment or something you were not expecting to consume. If the drug is laced with fentanyl or other dangerous substances, overdose is likely, and it could be fatal.
While there are not many reports of methadone being cut with other items, it is impossible to know what you will get if you buy methadone online. This is especially true if you purchase it from an unlicensed seller.
Methadone is sold as a liquid, pill, or wafer. Pill and liquid forms of drugs are easier to tamper with, as sellers can make these look exactly like legitimate methadone.
Teens are more likely to face adverse health consequences if they buy drugs online. Parents can help by communicating with their children, keeping track of packages, and asking about their web search history.
Using Testing Kits
Methadone is known to be addictive, and buying this medication over the internet could signify a larger problem. If you use methadone without a prescription, you need additional help to deal with the reasons why.
Buying methadone online exposes you to many dangers, but you can keep yourself slightly safer by testing what you buy. Testing kits are recommended to reduce overdoses, but they are far from perfect.
A March 2017 article published on Vice explains that most do-it-yourself kits tend to be a bit old-fashioned. You have to know what you are looking for, and you need a rudimentary understanding of chemistry.
Sending your methadone to a lab is best, but it takes longer and can be more expensive. Most reagent tests look for ecstasy and consist of putting a small portion of your drug into a glass vial.
You then use different chemicals (reagents) that change color depending on what you are searching for. Reagent kits are limited in what they can do.
You can also use fentanyl testing strips to detect the presence of fentanyl in any batch.
Legal Consequences Of Buying Methadone Online
There are also legal consequences of buying methadone online without a prescription. For one, you will most likely need to use the dark web to find someone willing to sell you methadone over the internet.
If authorities or the U.S. Postal Service suspect that you are doing something wrong, you may find yourself with criminal charges from your local police district, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As mentioned by the U.S. Department of Justice Diversion Control Division, you may face several consequences if you buy prescription medication unlawfully:
- Time spent in jail
- Seizure of your packages
- Additional consequences if your drugs are imported from another country
The U.S. Department of Justice also mentions that your prescription must be the result of a true doctor-patient relationship.
You must get a physical exam to get your prescription. A cyber-consultation will not be considered valid if you get caught buying methadone online without the right clearance.
The Purpose of Methadone
Methadone is widely known in the medical and recovery community for its ability to help people who are addicted to narcotics and illicit drugs such as heroin.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says it is safe to use when under medical supervision and when taken as directed. Patients have better chances of positive results if they are receiving counseling and supplementary treatment in addition to methadone.
MedlinePlus states that methadone has the potential for misuse.
Methadone can also be expensive for people who need it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methadone treatment can cost an estimated $126 per week assuming you visit a clinic daily. This adds up to $6,552 per year.