This article focuses on evidence about opiate-related deaths. More specifically, it examines the statistics for methadone related deaths and compares them with those for heroin. The question posed is, what are the relative mortality risks of using methadone compared to using heroin? The evidence consistently suggests that methadone kills more drug users than heroin, and raises the issue of whether switching from heroin to methadone use increase’s the drug user’s risk of death.
Additional keywords: methadone maintenance / heroin maintenance / maintenance therapy