Things to Bring with you When Visiting Your Family for the Holidays and are on Methadone
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methadone is an effective treatment for opiate addiction and chronic pain disorders. Unfortunately, it is also a highly controlled narcotic that is very dangerous and addictive in its own right. Traveling while on methadone is something that needs to be a carefully considered undertaking.
Things to Pack Specific to Methadone
Depending on where you are travelling to there are things that you will need to take with you if you are on methadone.
Inside the United States
If you are traveling inside the United States where methadone is legal, you will need to take:
- your prescription,
- a written letter of authorization from your doctor,
- your doctors number,
- any supplies that you might need for the methadone,
- the name and number of a methadone clinic at the place you are visiting, and
- the name, address, and telephone number of your doctor.
Since methadone is highly controlled in the United States, be sure to have these things in the event you encounter a police officer or other official. Although this seems like overkill and in many cases it will be, it can also save you a lot of hassle if you have to prove your prescription is legitimate. It will also help recover your dose if it is lost or stolen.
You will also need to bring safe containers when you are travelling with methadone. Many people do not realize how deadly this drug can be to pets and children. You will need to keep the methadone in something that children, other addicts, and pets cannot get into. If you have it in your suitcase make sure that your suitcase is either locked or somewhere that it cannot accidently be gotten into.
Outside the United States
When visiting family for the holidays outside of the United States, you will need to be extremely careful about bringing your methadone or acquiring methadone in the country you are traveling to. Each country has different laws regarding methadone and it is extremely important to check the laws before bringing methadone into the country.
Once you check the laws of the country you are traveling to you will need all of the travel documents required for transporting a narcotic across the borders. Make certain you know the laws of every country you will be in. If you take an international flight, you might have a layover before you reach your destination. You will need to know the laws of both the country of the layover and the country you are staying in.
If you have any doubt about what to bring with you while travelling with methadone, ask your doctor. You should also contact the embassy where you are staying. Some countries require permits, some do not require anything, and the possession of methadone is very illegal in others. For more information on holiday travel with methadone or visiting your family in the United States or abroad, call use at 800-891-9360(Who Answers?).