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Can you be a nurse and be on methadone?

Can you be a nurse and be on methadone?

Methadone has been proven to be safe, and the drug does not diminish a person’s mental functioning or ability to fulfill job requirements. We aim to force the State Board of Nursing to stop discriminating against nurses using methadone to successfully treat drug addictions.

Can anyone administer methadone?

Yes. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, 1996 and the associated Narcotic Control Regulation, pharmacists are permitted to provide methadone to a hospital employee or a practitioner in a hospital.

Can you work while taking methadone?

“Methadone and buprenorphine won’t impair your ability to work, drive, or parent. In fact, all of those functions, which may have been impaired by your addiction, will be restored by the medication.”

Can a nurse dispense methadone to a patient?

Nurses may dispense any medication, including methadone, if they have the knowledge, skill, and judgment to do so safely and according to the requirements outlined in the Medication practice standard.

Why are hospitals reluctant to start methadone treatment?

First, hospital clinicians may be reluctant to start methadone treatment for patients in the first place because doing so may complicate discharge planning. Second, patients who are started on methadone treatment by the hospital must be tapered off before transfer to a skilled nursing facility—elevating their risk of returning to drug use.

How many methadone hydrochlorides should I give my Child?

Dosage should suppress withdrawal symptoms but not produce acute opioid effects of sedation, respiratory depression. Give additional 10-mg doses if needed to suppress withdrawal syndrome. Adjust dosage, up to 120 mg/day. Not recommended for relief of pain in children due to insufficient documentation. Use caution.

Is it safe to give methadone to seriously ill patients?

Methadone can be administered without concern for precipitating opioid withdrawal—an important consideration for seriously ill patients.