Frequently Asked Questions
What is drug withdrawal?
Withdrawal describes a series of symptoms that may occur when a drug on which a user is physically dependent is stopped or significantly reduced. The symptoms vary depending on a range of factors and tend to be opposite to the effects produced by the drug.
How long does it take to withdraw off methadone?
It is important that a person speak to their prescriber about the process and any questions they have. The amount of time it takes to withdraw off methodone depends on many things, such as the person, what dose they are starting from, urgency about coming off and also what supports a person has in place. Methadone withdrawal tends to require about 3 weeks, with the peak of the withdrawal occurring about a week after last dose.
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The medics are here to help you, not call the Police*
It's safer not to use drugs, but if someone does and starts to have problems - get help fast! Call an ambulance on 000 or if you're at a festival go to the First Aid Tent.
*The Police will not attend unless there is a death or someone is threatened.