High Dose Buprenorphine (HDB) and Toxicity Concerns

Several weeks ago an article with a provocative title was posted at Suboxone Forum.  I don’t remember the exact title, but it was something like ‘Toxicity from High Dose Buprenorphine (HDB).  Before everyone gets too excited, there was nothing all that new in the article, which consisted of three case Read more…

Breaking Bad over RB

Remember back when I used to write those ANGRY posts, where I would take people to task for their silly comments about buprenorphine?  I remember them.  THOSE were the days!  I was always ready to go nuclear on anyone who tried to debate whether buprenorphine treatment was ‘good’ or ‘bad.’    Read more…

Part of my story; part of my book

I’m often asked “hey, what is YOUR story?”  That opens the door to a long, drawn out presentation… or I’ll just say “I have a book about the subject ready to go– do you know any publishers?”  I DO have a book ready to go, by the way…  and I welcome any Read more…

Does Reckitt-Benckiser have blood on their hands?

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of buprenorphine treatment of opiate dependence. I used to spend hours arguing with people over whether or not buprenorphine represents “a drug for a drug”, before eventually deciding that those who must be talked into buprenorphine treatment are Read more…

Withdrawal in newborns: Lay off the guilt trip!!

I will share some thoughts that I left at a discussion at a ‘linked in’ group about addiction.  I was responding to someone who was equating addiction and physical dependence in a baby born to an opiate-addicted mother.  My feeling is that such women are given way too much of Read more…

Buprenorphine, methadone, and testerone

A member at the buprenorphine forum wrote about his own health issues including hormonal imbalances, prompting me to do a literature search on buprenorphine and testosterone.    I found a couple interesting studies and invite people to visit the forum and read about them, and comment if you wish.  To find Read more…

Urine drug testing for buprenorphine (in Suboxone)

I will introduce this topic by typing my response to a reader who asked whether buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, shows up in urine drug tests.  More specifically he asked whether companies have the ability to test for buprenorphine.  I will end the post with a question… so please Read more…

How dangerous is opiate dependence?

I frequently point out the lack of outrage over the epidemic of opiate dependence and the consequence of that epidemic.  I live in ‘middle America,’ and sometimes it seems that everyone I know has some connection to opiate dependence– a relative who is an addict, a friend who died, a Read more…

Reckitt-Benckiser's 'Here to Help' Program– What do you think?

Reckitt-Benckiser, the first (but surely not last) manufacturer of orally dissolvable buprenorphine sold under the brand names Suboxone and Subutex, has been aggressively pushing doctors to refer addicts taking buprenorphine into a program called ‘Here to Help’ that they promote as something that will keep patients compliant with buprenorphine maintenance.  Read more…

Publishers, Agents, Nonprofit Owners or Accountants

I am in need of some help from the people listed in the title– so if you have connections, help me out.  I am adding this sentence to the front of this post after rambling too long, as I’m afraid that the person I need won’t get to the important Read more…

Generic buprenorphine on the way?

Thank you to some astute folks at the Suboxone Forum who recently provided information about a possible generic competitor to Suboxone.  One contributor provided this interesting story about the  profit potential from Suboxone for Reckitt-Benckiser and the considerations for the development of a generic product.    Another person mentioned the news Read more…

How Long to Take That Stuff?

I ended the ‘85% off’ sale of the recordings listed to the right of the blog;  they are also listed at the web page ‘Sober After Suboxone,’ along with some other useful recordings about opiate dependence.  I have received good feedback about the recordings, and I think that the ‘how Read more…