Duluth Police Chief Wants Stricter Methadone Regulation

Overdose of Prescribed Narcotic Prompts Social Media Post

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Police Chief Gordon Ramsay took to his Facebook page Wednesday with a statement on methadone in Duluth.

Ramsay said he’d learned of an overdose that occurred when an individual injected their prescribed methadone rather than taking it by mouth, as prescribed.

Methadone is used as a pain killer in small doses of 5 mg and 10 mg, but also for treatment of narcotic addictions in 40 mg doses. 

The distribution of those 40 mg doses is already limited by manufacturers to clinics specifically set up to treat narcotic addiction.

According to his post, Chief Ramsay would like to see those clinics go a step further and require clients being treated with those doses to take them on site.

Allowing the doses to be taken at home provides the opportunity for the powerful drug to be abused, or transferred to another party illegally, police said.

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