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Methadone service to resume.




Methadone service to resume.

Pharmacists are expected to resume providing methadone services within the next couple of days.

Last night, the Irish Pharmaceutical Union (IPU) called on its members to resume methadone dispensing as soon as possible.

Around 140 pharmacists, mainly in the Dublin area, had withdrawn from the HSE's methadone protocol scheme last Monday in protest at the executive's decision to cut the mark-up paid to wholesalers for drugs which are then dispensed by pharmacists under the medical card scheme.

This evening a spokeswoman for the IPU said that while it was up to the individual pharmacist to decide whether or not to resume the service the union were confident most would.

Some 3,000 recovering heroin addicts are believed to have been affected by the decision.

  • Drug Facts
  • extroamphetamine (Dexedrine) is an amphetamine, belonging to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants it is a Schedule II controlled substance.
  • Dexedrine is manufactured in orange 5mg, 10mg, 20mg tablets and 5mg, 10mg, and 15mg clear and brown capsules.
  • The symptoms of a Dexedrine overdose are: abdominal cramps, coma, confusion, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, hallucinations, high fever, heightened reflexes, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea, panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, tremor, and vomiting
  • Dexedrine was developed in the 1920's and initially used to treat depression and obesity, but since then, stringent controls have greatly reduced medical use.