My boyfriend has been on methadone since july 2011 he reached 80 max and is now starting to lower... his dosage. My question is... his ex just had a baby girl. we want to hire a lawyer so he can have his rights. will his mathadone be a down fall to his case. he has never been in trouble & just fimished his 3 tours for the army.. i want to be as helpful as possible... so any info helps. thanks
I would be extremely surprised if methadone would have any bearing on the case, unless it's taken illegally (I assume that this is not the case), and or it visibly affects his judgement. If the methadone is causing for him to look drugged out (like eyes involuntarily rolling up - had this problem myself when my other meds in addition to the methadone for pain were being adjusted).
As long as he can show a clean responsible recent record as well as being an outstanding citizen (3 tours in the army!!! really sounds like the definition of being an outstanding citizen to me). I really have a very hard time considering it to be something that could play against you, even at 80mg.
Methadone if taken for a previous drug habit really only shows a positive change in lifestyle as well as being very responsible about getting the care that was needed. Now, I'm not a doctor and am also not a lawyer, and would imagine some of the laws vary a bit from state to state. Realistically only a lawyer and or someone who has had to deal with this sort of thing before would be able to answer this question with true accuracy. Nonetheless, being off methadone at times is seen as being much more threatening than being on it due to the fact that there is a much higher chance for a relapse, one that had already happened, or one that will likely happen simply due to stats. Methadone is one of the very few drugs that doctors will freak out over if it is not currently in the system due to the implications, after all, in order to get high, you need to get most of the methadone out of the system.
On the chance that the Methadone is being taken for pain, I wouldn't worry about it at all, as it is simply a medication that he happens to need to conduct day to day life without the distraction of continuous pain (methadone is most commonly used for chronic pain... that is when it is being used as a pain killer).
I know that my response is in all reality not as factually or helpful as I wish I could be for the reasons that I have stated above, nonetheless, I do know for a fact that when Methadone is being used due to a previous habit, the doctors will not be happy to find it absent or in a lower quantity than what was prescribed, much more so than any other Opioid drug on the market (of course excluding Suboxone). I sincerely wish the best for the both of you, and that everything works out for the best! You'll be in my prayers,
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