Life-saving methadone medication is hard to get. Is it harder in Ohio, Kentucky?


What if medication for your life-threatening health condition was available but only under conditions? Things like traveling to a particular clinic to get it rather than having a 30-day prescription filled at a pharmacy and taking it home. Urinating in front of someone every so often for a lab test, and more.

It happens a lot in the United States, including in Ohio and Kentucky, for people who take methadone for opioid use disorder. It happens even though the medication is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and despite overdose deaths climbing nationwide, with more than 100,000 people dying in 2021.