According to a report from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), not only have up to 20 former patients died, countless others are suffering from untreated diseases such as HIV/AIDs and Hepatitis, while others still are trying to flee the area in a desperate bid to find the life saving treatment elsewhere.
"The deaths of tens of people were identified in a report by an internal mission of the European Commission at the end of May," says Pavlo Skala, of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. "We are talking of, at least, 20 patients."
"Nearly 700 people have been taken off replacement therapy and about 60 at being treated in health-care facilities" says Sergei Donich, a former regional health minister and current deputy prime minister in the region's de facto government."
Donich also denies that anyone has died as a result of the methadone ban, and insisted that that those who are suffering from other diseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis, are receiving "proper medical care."
But again, activists and former patients stress that this is not necessarily the case. According to a former patient who spoke with RFE/RL and asked to be only identified as Oksana, many of these addicts are in a very dark place.
"Many of them are thinking of suicide," she says. "And several have already tried. There is no way out for those who are still there."
Kyiv-based NGO "Rebirth" has so far been able to secure the funding and resources necessary to send 57 of the former patients to other areas of Ukraine where Methadone is still available to those struggling with opiate addiction.
Unfortunately, 57 is an extremely small number compared to the hundreds of methadone patients now cut off from the life saving treatment, forcefully thrown back into a state withdrawal and active addiction.
Without access to Methadone Maintenance Treatment and proper medical care, the future remains bleak for the hundreds of addicts remaining in Crimea, struggling with little to no options remaining.