ROBERT C. WOLFE, M.D.; MARCUS M. REIDENBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.; VICENTE DINOSO, M.D.
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To the editor: Recently methadone has been increasingly employed as the mainstay of programs designed to control heroin addiction. Methadone itself is now emerging as a drug of abuse (1). Individual doses of methadone are frequently dispensed to the addict patient in a drink called Tang® (General Foods Corp.). Although intended to be drunk, the mixture has been injected intravenously by addicts (2). We have seen a patient who developed medical complications after a series of such injections.
A 29-year-old white man was admitted to the Clinical Research Center on 27 September 1971 because of weakness and joint pain after
WOLFE RC, REIDENBERG MM, DINOSO V. Tang® and Methadone by Vein. Ann Intern Med. ;76:830. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-830_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):830.
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