1. jamez70

    Well, even non-healthcare workers get treated like dirt. When I first started Suboxone, I saw a psychiatrist in the chicago area. Not only did it cost me nearly $1000, she was rude to me. When I started it she gave me a script for 3 2mg tabs, and told me to return with them after I get them filled. Walgreens naturally struggled filling them for some odd reason (they always did.. more on Walgreens later). It took me 2 hours to get them filled, mind you, being in moderate opiate withdrawal the whole time. I came back to the psychiatrist and she said “Wow, you actually came back, all you junkies usually get their pills and never come back”. The whole experience was demeaning.
    Walgreens.. Hah.. They seem to struggle with Suboxone prescriptions. I’d go and get oxycodone/morphine/hydrocodone there, and they wouldn’t bat an eye. On the 2nd day of my Suboxone induction, I saw the psychiatrist again and was prescribed 3 8mg tablets (2 days, 12mg/day). I drove home and brought it to walgreens. They looked at it and said “This is different than yesterday, we need to talk to the doctor, we cannot fill it”. They called her, and told me “you need to return to the doctor and get a new prescription”. I drove the 45 miles back, the doctor said “What the hell is that matter with that pharmacy?!” and gave me a new script that said “cancel last prescription” on it in addition, so I could not go to another pharmacy now. I came back, dropped off the new script, and they said “This one has a different dosing schedule than the last one, we cannot fill it”. I became quite upset at this point and said “I just drove 90 miles to get this damn thing, and you don’t like this one either. In the past you never had issues filling oxycodone/morphine for me, and you’re worried about 3 pills? Call the *$(*#$( doctor!”. Finally, they filled it.
    After that, I would only fill my monthly script in week increments (I only took 8mg a day, so I’d get 8mg at a time) because my insurance at the time did not cover Suboxone. Every time I went in to get the 8 tablets, I’d get some rude comment, some weird look, or something. It was humiliating.
    I read this funny blog called “The Angry Pharmacist” and someone asked him a question regarding if he thought people getting Suboxone were junkies.
    Its quite funny, and worth a read. I’d paste it here but he loves colorful language. In essence, he said he didn’t care.

  2. SuboxPA

    I am new to this site but have read it periodically over the past year. I am a physician assistant. I was working in a aggressive surgery practice. I became addicted to hydrocodone after getting a prescription for a shoulder separation. I was INSTANTLY addicted and imediately went about obtaining in any legal way. When these options dried up I resorted to the internet and then ultimately writing my own prescriptions. I was addicted for over two years. During this time I did well at work, got raises and was a superhuman worker. Physically, I was falling apart. I never used at work but I would have the clearing vicodin in my system as I woke at 5:30 for work, usually after staying up all night high. I was eventually caught, arrested, put in jail, got fired, lost my license and my NCCPA certification. I also went to rehab for 14 weeks.
    During my initial detox I was put on suboxone, tapered quickly and sent off to rehab in miserable withdrawal. I was put back on it in rehab and left on it for 10 weeks. I had a very hard time getting off it. I was not able to leave rehab in their good graces unless I came off of the suboxone, so I did. My lst 4 weeks of rehab were miserable mostly because I was so fatigued and I had a hard time sleeping.
    Upon arriving home, I was put back on Suboxone while my legal issues were settled and I entered into a contract with the state monitoring body for 5 years. They were not real happy about the Suboxone (the state is abstinence only) but it was what I needed as I reentered all my old haunts as I was transitioning into the recovery community at home. I took all my craving away and reduced my anxiety some. The side effects for me have not been a problem. Although I do recognize I am not quite the same person. But maybe that same person is who I should not be. I have done well in my recovery, I’m doing everything I need to do, I have multiple groups and practitioners I see regularly and I keep it honest. They have all be supportive of my use of suboxone. My sponsor is an MD.
    Now I have had to come off the suboxone or else I cannot get my license back. I have even been told I will be monitored off it for an undetermined time before the monitoring body will recommend that I go before my state medical board. I have been out of work 16 months. I have been able to wean my dosing with all the usual withdrawl stuff and stop it. I’ve been off for 6 days.
    I too have a hard time believing that I cannot exist on this drug and work. I would be willing to move out of surgery into a less risky clinical situation to do this. I need to get back to work ASAP and it’s beginning to look like it may take another 8-10 months to get my license. Insane. So I was interest in the reference to Oregon. My wife and I may be forced to sell our house now anyway and I’m looking at other options. Meanwhile I will remain compliant with my state monitoring body but I’m beginning to look at other careers. I want to remain a clinician. I do not want to “leave the bedside”. If it means abstinence then so be it. Over time I’m sure I can adjust but I’m scared of getting into this problem again. I want to stay on the suboxone until I am ready to come off. I can see this as a possibility in my future. But the only way to get my license back is suck it up. This doesn’t seem like good recovery. I’m trying to stay away from resentments but it is hard.
    So, I will research the Oregon question and would like more information on this if it is out there. I may be moving anyway.
    Thanks for listening,

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