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  1. Joe

    I am constantly debating this subject with my doctor, I feel like he’s just trying to say “I’m only forcing diversion because I don’t want problems with the DEA.” Florida DR’s and pharmacists are held liable, I’m sure in the rest of the country too, for any trouble patients get in on connection with their buprenorphine script. As in someone overdoses on buprenorphine and benzo’s or some kind of scam involving Dr shopping, then the patients Dr could face criminal charges and/or have their medical license revoked… Same thing for pharmacists. Though most of this kind of stuff is under control now adays and one would argue it’s because the DEA started putting pressure on medical professionals.
    One thing that is most aggravating part of this who topic for me; the way methadone patients are able to get their medication and even encouraged to commit to treatment, all while having their dosage increased in exponential numbers, without pressure for diversion when they seek treatment. The amount of methadone one can request over time is 250 to 300mg, all while statistics show methadone overdoses numbers are incredibly high. This medication is known for being a substance that can cause one to be extremely inibriated and lifetime methadone users are among some of the most unhealthy opiate users due to the damage that ones body goes through on methadone. I don’t understand why there is this double standard in treatment but methadone treatment is one of the most affordable forms of treatment out there today. Methadone patients pay about half as much as the average buprenorphine patient.
    By the way, my statistics are not backed by any actual scientific research, instead they just came from what I have read and what I have seen as a buprenorphine patient (on and off) for nearly 10 years.

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