Drug Court Organization Lobbied Against Suboxone

For years, people familiar with the benefits of buprenorphine have wondered– who is the idiot standing in the way of increasing access to this life-saving treatment?  One of the idiots was recently identified, when an open-records request by the Huffington Post uncovered a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell from Read more…

Bangor to Maine: Too Much Suboxone Treatment!

First Posted 11/26/2013 As I read about the moratorium on buprenorphine treatment programs in Bangor, Maine, I thought about the scene from the movie Titanic where the people who found safety in lifeboats struggled to keep those in the water from climbing aboard. The Bangor city council recently voted to impose Read more…

Unintended Consequences of Buprenorphine Regulations

First Posted 8/28/2013 I realize that I am halfway through a post called ‘Suboxone Abuse Part I’.  This is poor form, but I am now going to get halfway through a second topic before finishing the first one.  Sorry. I recently came across a problem relating to the new healthcare Read more…

Opioid overdose deaths

Consequences Section or OD Report

Weeks ago I posted a few new ideas—things like a memorial wall for victims of opioid dependence, and a ‘wall of shame’ for doctors who are known for reckless prescribing of opioids.  I mentioned these ideas over at SuboxForum as well. I received good feedback from readers here, and from Read more…

pain pill overdose deaths

A true epidemic, with no easy scapegoats

Today an article on the web site Medscape describes the epidemic of opioid dependence in this country.  The article describes what people who work with addiction already know– that use of opioid medications has increased in a way never seen before for any medication.  The article does a good job Read more…