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I'm afraid that my sister has taken methadone, that isn't

I'm afraid that my sister has taken methadone, that isn't prescribed to her. She began to have muscle weakness, the inability to squeeze my hand, she has a addiction to pain killers. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance. I'm just trying to get answers.
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
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doctor1 MD

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I have been taking a low dose of methadone for pain from my doctor for over two decades. I know I am dependant on it, however my perscription is taken how it is supposed to be taken and I,ve never misused it I have never taken any illicit drugs, taken alcohol or smoked marijuana and have no desire to do main question is there any other pain medication that would work for me that does not have such a negative reputation.

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