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Christie Strawser September 4, 2008 Research Paper Methadone Maintenance as a Cure Rosie wakes up, tells her growing, pregnant belly, “good morning”, and rushes to the bathroom to relieve the urgent need to pee. This is a typical routine for many pregnant women. But what she does after that is not. The first thing on her to-do list is a trip to the methadone clinic, where she will receive 70mg of cherry flavored methadone to keep her and her baby from going into opiate withdrawal. While heroin abuse can cause serious problems during pregnancy, women should not be detoxified from opiates because it greatly increases the risk of spontaneous abortion or premature delivery. Treatment with methadone is strongly recommended. Research has shown that the effects of in-utero exposure to methadone are relatively benign (NIDA). When methadone is used properly and in conjunction with proper psychological care it is an effective way to treat all opiate addiction and decrease the likely hood of relapse and infectious diseases. Rosie wasn’t always concerned about her addiction. She lived for it. She is twenty-eight years old, and has been using heroin intravenously for ten years. Her mother was addicted to crack cocaine, and died from a brain aneurysm when Rosie was seventeen. She has lost one son, who is eight years old, and was put up for adoption by Family Services when her addiction prevented her from completing the necessary steps to getting him back in her custody. She has another son in her custody now who is four years old. She was only able to keep him because her brother was willing to keep him while she went to jail for four months before his first birthday. Her next son would have been two years old on September 3, but he stopped breathing suddenly in his sleep when
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he was only eight weeks old. She now lives with a 62 year old man who is actually a very good person and takes care of her and her son. He believes the bun in the oven is his, but those of us close to her know better. I’m not sure she would never admit it, and as much as he loves her, I’m not sure he would let himself believe it. He wants to take care of her regardless of what she does. She loves him because he is the only person in her life that has ever taken care of her unconditionally. She admits to using heroin during each of her pregnancies, even at the beginning of this one. Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid that stimulates natural opiate receptors in the brain. These opiate receptors are usually stimulated by a much milder, naturally produced chemical produced by cells in our brains. These natural opiates do three things for the mind and body. First the help to lift an individual’s mood and deal with stress. Second the help an individual feel motivated. And lastly they allow an individual to carry on through minor injuries and every day pain. A person needs these natural opiates in order to function normally day-to-day. During opiate abuse, an individual is using a much larger amount of much more
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