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Anna Nicole and Methadone Addiction

Collier, Carole

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000267377.48384.43
Department: Letter

New York, N.Y.

I am taking methadone for my idiopathic neuropathy, which plagues my feet and hands. Because methadone has been in the news lately with the death of Anna Nicole [Smith], it would be interesting to read about how methadone is used for neuropathy patients and its safety.

The doctors who were interviewed during the Anna Nicole investigation said that methadone gives people a “buzz,” and that's why heroin addicts like it. I don't understand this because I get no buzz at all when I take methadone. It simply relieves my pain the same way that an aspirin might relieve muscle pain. I'm upset that people might think of me as a drug addict when that is so far from the truth.

Carole Collier

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New York, N.Y.

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