Methadone is a long-acting opioid, or narcotic, medication. It's an effective and legal substitute for prescription opioids or heroin.
Methadone helps to stabilize the lives of people who are dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and to reduce the harm
related to drug use. Methadone has been used in treatment programs since the mid-1960s in Ontario.
Below you will find links to resources and information about methadone maintenance treatment and opioid dependence.
Information for Individuals Considering MMT
Information on Specific Drugs
To find a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program
is a controlled medication and can only be prescribed by a physician.
To find out if there is a physician in your
community who prescribes methadone,
contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario at
416-967-2600 ext 661.
addiction treatment programs also provide methadone maintenance
treatment. To find an addiction treatment program in
your community, contact the Drug and
Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART) at 1-800-565-8603 or go to www.connexontario.ca.
Learn more about CAMH’s Addiction Medicine Service.
Prescription Painkillers and Ontario Students:
- The non-medical use of opioid pain killers, such as Percocet, ranked 3rd at 21% as the most commonly used drug among Ontario students and 72% of Ontario students obtain opioid pain killers from
home. To learn more about this study, visit these links: 2007 OSDUHS: Drug Report Highlights and 1977-2007 Drug Use Among Ontario Students.
- Please visit the following useful websites/resources: