Ohio OKs take-home methadone under strict new guidelines due to COVID-19 pandemic


Many people with opioid addiction go to a clinic daily or in assigned intervals to get life-saving medication that curbs their cravings for drugs such as fentanyl or heroin.

They may take methadone in a clinical setting, in front of a provider, every day, as federal rules require. It can keep them from relapse and death.

But that kind of in-person dosing for people with addiction is beginning to change now with the threat of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and Ohio has taken a lead to change delivery of the drug.