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Detox Done Right (Part 3)

In the last article in this series, we discussed how to use methadone to detox without using the clinics. These leads to the obvious question: how does one acquire methadone without using the clinic system. There are a few options--though most of them are illegal.

Leave the Country

Although this isn't an option for most people, methadone can be bought over the counter in a number of countries. One such country is Thailand. There are others, but we do not have a list, unfortunately. If HEROIN helper readers send in information regarding this, we will add it. Interested parties should consider checking when they find themselves outside the country.

It is possible to get methadone in countries where it is not strictly legal. Most countries are not as rigid in their prescription drug laws as is the United States. It doesn't hurt to ask.

Scout the Clinic

At any methadone clinic there will be a certain percentage of those on a maintenance program that sell their "take home" doses. The problem is how one goes about finding these people. The situation is the same for people trying to score heroin on the street in a strange city: the buyer must spot the dealer and then convince the dealer that he (the buyer) is safe to sell to.

Spotting "Take Home" Sellers

People who sell take home doses are also those who are given take home doses. These people do not come to the clinic every day. Usually, they only come to the clinic once a week. They are easy to spot because most clinics require that take home doses be carried in some kind locked container. These usually take the form of small tool-boxes or children's lunch boxes.

Approaching "Take Home" Sellers

Approaching sellers is even more difficult than approaching street dealers, because most methadone sellers do not see themselves as dealers and are thus timid. It is best to go about the matter indirectly. Those who sell their methadone do so almost exclusively to buy heroin. Those wishing to acquire methadone are best to seek out the heroin users among the clinic clients. The methadone sellers will become well known after using heroin with this group.

Join the Clinic

It can be hard to get to know clinic clients. Many clinics have rules about clients not hanging around the clinic after they have dosed. The best way to scout a methadone clinic is to join it by enrolling in a detox program. This will allow one to spend time there and get to know the clinic clients. The best time for this is while waiting in the ever-present dosing lines.

Ask the Heroin Dealer

If one is searching for methadone for the purpose of detox, it is assumed that he already has a heroin dealer. (Else whence came his addiction?) Heroin dealers are often very good sources for pointers to other black market dealers.

Conclusion

Anyone who is wily enough to managed to become addicted to heroin, is certainly wily enough to find a source of methadone. But if all else fails, the addict can use the clinic system. Regardless, it is better than detoxing with nothing. Chapter 2 of Heroin User's Handbook deals with the issues raised in this article in depth. Those seriously interested are referred there.

Next Time: Our next article will discuss how methadone maintenance programs can be best used.

by Dr. H © 2001
Last Modified: 12 January 2004


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