OATS - Opiate Addiction Treatment Services

FAQs


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):


Question: My doctor has recently indicated to me that I am using too much Percocet and he is going to stop supplying me with prescriptions. What can I do?


Answer: Many people start getting the medicine they need by buying it on the street, but this is illegal and very expensive. There is a better solution: Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) under the care of trained physicians and pharmacists. In Manitoba, only the OATS Methadone program is accepting patients immediately. Other MMT programs in Manitoba currently have waiting lists upwards of 6 to 12 months

Question: What is methadone?
Answer: Methadone is a synthetic opioid that blocks the receptors in the brain affected by addictive opiates such as morphine, oxycodone and heroin. When taken as part of an approved and medically supervised program, methadone enables addicted individuals to end their dependence upon these drugs without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms.

Question: I’m hooked on Fentanyl patches. Can methadone help with this? (ie. What is methadone used for?)

Answer: Yes, absolutely. Methadone treatment through the OATS program is effective for treating addictions to all opioids, including:
  • Morphine (MS Contin, Statex, Kadian, M-Eslon, MS IR)
  • Codeine (Tylenol #3, Atasol-30, Codeine Contin, codeine cough syrups, 292's)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, OxyNEO, Oxy-IR, Percocet, Percodan, Supeudol, Vicodin)
  • Fentanyl Citrate (Duragesic Patches, fentanyl sublingual tablets, fentanyl citrate powder)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Hydromorph Contin)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Opium seed (Poppy Seed)
  • Heroin
Question: Where can I buy OxyContin and Percocet for sale cheap? Are you looking for an ad like this?

Answer: If you are, then maybe a better solution would be the OATS Methadone program. Buying or selling prescription drugs illegally is unsafe and will land you in jail.

Question: Now I’m injecting my Dilaudid, how do I stop?

Answer: Because it is specially compounded with juice, methadone cannot be injected and must be taken by mouth. Taking methadone by mouth regularly instead of injecting will help heed the urge to use needles. Needle use is dangerous and can increase your risk of diseases like HIV (AIDS), hepatitis, and skin abscesses.

Question: Is methadone dangerous?

Answer: When used appropriately in an approved program, methadone is considered very safe. Our qualified physicians and staff are careful to make sure that we monitor all of our patients closely, and educate our patients about the proper use of methadone.

Question: Methadone makes me depressed what can I do about that?

Answer: Methadone itself does not cause depression, but if you are feeling depressed after being on the methadone talk to your methadone doctor about it. Sometimes when you no longer feel the highs and lows of addiction this might initially feel like depression.  But as you stabilize over time, many patients say that they start to feel normal again.


Question: Is methadone covered by Manitoba Pharmacare program? How do I get methadone for free?

Answer:
Yes, methadone is covered under Manitoba Pharmacare. If you are not registered, just talk with the OATS staff and we will help you with the registration and fax it into Manitoba Health for you. Once you pay your deductible, you can get methadone for free under the Pharmacare program. You can also get methadone for free under Social assistance, disability, and Non-Insured Health Benefits (Treaty).

Question: I have insurance through work. Is it able to cover the methadone program?  What is methadone covered by?

Answer: Nearly all insurance companies cover methadone treatment. To be sure you can phone your insurance company, or bring your card in and our friendly staff can tell you if you are covered.

Question: Where can I buy methadone without a prescription in Winnipeg? What is methadone like off the street?

Answer: You need a prescription from a qualified doctor to buy methadone, and buying methadone off the street or without a prescription is illegal and unsafe. Contact the OATS program to speak with a qualified methadone doctor.

Question: I am concerned about my boss and employees finding out that I am on that methadone program. How can I prevent this?

Answer: When accepted for the OATS program you will get your methadone at one of our OATS clinic sites which are primarily devoted to methadone maintenance treatment. Everything is completely confidential. No chance of running into a neighbor or friend shopping for other pharmacy items. Also your employer does NOT have access to what you bill to your insurance plan.  However, if you are at the point where your addiction is affecting your work, most bosses or supervisors encourage getting help and are very supportive.


Question: Can I pass a drug test while on methadone?

Answer: Drug tests that test for opiates such as morphine, oxycodone, and hydromorphone will not detect methadone. The only way to detect methadone is to test for it specifically, and this practice is generally considered rare and unnecessary. Also, methadone is considered a safe and legal medical treatment in Canada.

Question: I hear that getting off methadone might be difficult.  Will I be able to stop methadone?
Answer: Yes, our qualified physicians and staff can make getting off methadone easy without physical withdrawal.  When you think it is time to start getting off methadone and it no longer provides a benefit for you, we will focus on making this process easy so that you can reach your goal.
  
OATS Methadone Clinic
968 Main Street Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P5 CA
Phone: 204-509-6410 Website: http://www.oatsprogram.com
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