Vadgue, are you serious? Really? It seems like you are just angry because of the OP's comment on your intelligence, which may have been uncalled for, but your statements concerning methadone treatment are completely false and there is no evidence out there to support your claims whatsoever. What is your experience with MMT (methadone maintenance treatment)? Im guessing you have none, in fact I know you have none, because if you even had ANY knowledge on the subject, you would not have made the ignorant comments that you made. You are criticizing something which you have absolutely 0 knowledge on, you have no experience with addiction nor people in recovery for addiction.
I have found in life that it is best to keep my mouth shut when it comes to attacking someone concerning something that I have absolutely no knowledge about. I would suggest you do the same, because to anyone who actually does know anything about MMT, you look an uneducated, ignorant ***. You have absolutely no right to make comments like that concerning someones recovery from a terrible disease like opiate addiction, this person isnt a junkie shooting up in a bathroom or alley, it is a person getting help for a brain chemistry disorder.
FIRST OF ALL: All of your responses involved comparisons to an alcoholic, which makes absolutely no sense for many reasons; an alcoholic is inebriated from the effects of alcohol, while a patient on MMT is clear-headed and a completely functional person in society. Seeing as the OP has been working at this company for 3 years, dont you think his/her employer would have noticed a long time ago if he/she was intoxicated from taking his/her medicine? Its a completely ridiculous comparison. And you obviously completely overlooked the link the OP provided from the white house drug policy website, stating:
"Methadone does not impair cognitive functions. It has no adverse effects on mental capability, intelligence, or employability. It is not sedating or intoxicating, nor does it interfere with ordinary activities such as driving a car or operating machinery."
There is much, much more unbiased information out there stating the exact same thing. Someone on MMT on a stable dose will feel absolutely no effects from his/her dose whatsoever, nothing. The entire reason for doing methadone treatment in the first place is to function as a regular human being!! I am positively sure if you were to meet someone on a stable dose of methadone, you would have no clue they were on methadone because they are NOT "under the influence" as you stated. This is completely false. There is no "denial" here, it is a FACT, plain and simple, it is a fact that a stable MMT is a completely functional person 24/7 and is not under the influence.
Also, being 'dependent' is not even close to the same as 'addicted'. Addiction is the behaviors that go along with drug addiction, including lying, stealing from anyone and everyone, being detrimental to society, and going to any lengths to acquire the drug by any means necessary. This does not even come close to how patients on methadone are, they are NOT 'addicted'. They are DEPENDENT, which means that their body requires it to function normally. MMT patients do not run around breaking into cars and stealing from friends and family to get their methadone. Addiction and dependence are two very different things, please try not to confuse the two. And it is no different than someone who needs insulin, because a diabetic who can no longer produce insulin regularly needs shots of insulin, right? A person who has abused opiates for a long period of time can potentially fall victim to a brain chemistry disorder, which impacts the normal production of endogenous opiates (a.k.a. endorphins) in the brain. More often than not, this is the fault of the person who has abused opiates for a long period of time, although some researchers suggest that this disorder can be present before any drug use. This is called Endorphin Deficiency Syndrome. The person can no longer produce endorphins as a normal person can, which leads to symptoms such as dysphoria, boredom, depression, hypersensitivity, weak immune system, and inability to find pleasure in things you once enjoyed. The most effective, and probably the only treatment for this problem, is a maintenance drug such as methadone or buprenorphine. This allows the person to feel normal again, and is therefore a medication used for the treatment of EDS, just as insulin is a medication for treating diabetics! Neither insulin nor methadone produce any sort of high or buzz whatsoever.
It is people like you that give this amazing, live-saving, effective treatment for opioid addiction a bad stigma, for no other reason than your ignorance towards something you know nothing about. I can 100% guarantee you that the OP, or any other stable MMT patient for that matter, will never ever ever kill an innocent person due to their use of methadone. Although, there are, of course, other people out there who take methadone, often in higher doses than they can handle, when their bodies are not adjusted to it. These people become intoxicated and can potentially kill innocent people if they were to operate a vehicle. A stable MMT patient's body is familiar with the effects of opiates, and therefore experiences NO INTOXICATION WHATSOEVER.
I honestly feel sorry for you that you are such a close-minded, judgmental person. It is a shame. I hope you can learn something from my post, and maybe even become a little less judgmental of MMT patients if you actually knew the facts of methadone.
As for the OP, your employer can NOT fire you for being a MMT patient, that is against the ADA, like you stated. You are protected with that, and your employer can not discriminate you in any way concerning your status as a patient. Good luck!