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Risk Factors for Death Following Initiation of Methadone Maintenance Therapy

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

A significant percentage of patients starting methadone maintenance therapy may die within the first few weeks of treatment. These patients tend to show certain risk factors that predispose to drug accumulation with respiratory depression. These same factors apply to a person abusing methadone.

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