1. Kire30

    Once again SuboxDoc, you have made an excellent point with this article. Addiction is not treated like a disease. Instead, the patient is often treated like a “bad” untrustworthy person.
    Today, my physican told me he WANTS me to end up with an extra tablet or two of Suboxone at the end of the month. He is counting on me to save this medication in case of an emergency. He believes responsible people taking a daily medication NEED to have a few extras on hand. What if there is an earthquake or a car accident or a fire at the pharmacy? He was angry when I told him the pharmacist changed the pick up date on my prescription so I would not end up with extra. Would pharmacies treat people on Coumadin or Digoxin in this manner? Do patients who recieve this LIFE SAVING medication deserve this treatment?
    I am not sure what I can do to help change this attitude in people/lawmakers. It scares me that Suboxone is so tightly regulated and carries this stigma. Would they rather have me on Suboxone or would they rather I end up relapsing and accidentally overdosing?
    Suboxone is keeping me out of ACTIVE ADDICTION, and helping me become a PRODUCTIVE member of society. Isn’t that a GOOD thing?

  2. Matt2

    Wow, I’m incredibly upset to hear about what happened to one of our fellow recovering opiate addicts. Your point is very well made Dr. Junig and I continually find myself wondering why we are treated so differently than others with a chronic disease. For example my father is a type II diabetic and he like many other diabetics uses medication to manage his disease but he, again like so many others intentionally chooses to “cheat” by eating foods high in sugar that his doctor has specifically told him to stay away from and yet he is allowed to remain on medication. I know another more severe diabetic who has ended up in the ER as a direct result of not following their doctor’s orders and eating very unhealthy/sugary foods and yet it would be unheard of for either of them to be refused medication for their disease because they don’t take their potentially life threatening disease or what they need to do to stay alive seriously. I’ve also never been told it was too early to have a prescription other than Suboxone filled. In fact when I was using I was even able to get prescriptions for oxycodone/hydrocodone refilled several days early and yet I’m yet to go to a single local Walgreens that will allow me to refill my Suboxone unless it has been EXACTLY 30 days. One of the reasons I was so excited about getting clean was that my life would no longer revolve around the pharmacy and yet things now are even worse.
    Anywho thanks for making the case for recovering addicts. I really appreciate having an advocate in the medical community who is not afraid to point out the double standard that exists. I really am looking forward to the day when perhaps recovering addicts are treated the way any other patient with a medical condition is treated even if we still have awhile to wait.

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