Also Known As: Meth, Linctus

Category: Depressant

Comes as a green, amber or blue mixture liquid, or as white tablets.

Usually swallowed.

Effects similar to heroin, although less intense but longer acting.

Short term: Drug overdose, possibly leading to coma or death, if taken by someone not used to the drug. Methadone should only be taken as part of a prescribed and supervised programme to treat addiction to opiate drugs, especially heroin.

Long term: Methadone can be addictive, and it should never be given or sold to someone else.

Methadone is a Class A drug – illegal to have without a prescription, give away or sell. Possession without a prescription can get you up to seven years in jail or an unlimited fine or both. Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

Remember: Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a job or visa if you want to travel abroad.

What’s the difference between possession & supply (dealing)? What happens if you’re under 16? Learn more about drugs and the law.