Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

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Methadone Term Analysis

Methadone is the generic name for a drug used in MAT to treat recovering addicts.

Methadone Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Methadone or refer to Methadone. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Dopesick published in 2018.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Tess was nearly seven months pregnant when she left jail in June 2015. For a month, she lived with her mom and tried to make a go of it with her boyfriend, the baby’s father—“disastrous,” Patricia and Tess agreed—before they found a private treatment center two hours away that would take Tess during her final month of pregnancy. Private insurance covered most of the $20,000 bill while her dad paid the $6,500 deductible, using the remainder of Tess’s college-savings fund. The Life Center of Galax was one of the few Virginia facilities that accepted patients on medication-assisted treatment (methadone or buprenorphine). Tess was now taking Subutex, a form of buprenorphine then recommended for some pregnant mothers. (Suboxone is typically the preferred MAT for opioid users because it also contains naloxone, an opiate blocker; Subutex, which is buprenorphine with no added blocker, was then considered safer for the baby but more likely to be abused by the mom.)

Related Characters: Tess Henry, Patricia Mehrmann
Page Number: 209
Explanation and Analysis:
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Methadone Term Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the term Methadone appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...to 40 to 60 percent for those who also get medical treatment, such as with methadone or naltrexone.) When Colton dies in 2012, there are still 130 opioid-addicted Americans out there... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Controversy over MAT goes back all the way to the birth of methadone, which was created as a synthetic painkiller in German laboratories shortly after World War II.... (full context)
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Research shows that buprenorphine is safer than methadone when taken in excess, but surprisingly, the drug still goes on to have significant value... (full context)