Nonsense from American Addiction Centers about Suboxone

There is plenty of nonsense on the internet, but nonsense is most-annoying when it comes from ‘experts’. I’m referring to nonsense from American Addiction Centers about Suboxone. If you go to their heavily-advertised site there is no mention of the scandals involving ‘sober treatment programs’ that filled the Florida news Read more…

A Person Doesn’t Like Taking Suboxone

I found this old post from ten years ago that I never got around to publishing it. A person doesn’t like taking Suboxone and blames the drug for the lack of change in his life. It plays into the discussion about methadone because it shows the attitudes that can develop Read more…

Prince Missed a Suboxone Lifeboat by 12 Hours

One of the links from this page connects to the ‘OD Report‘.  I set up the connection to highlight the epidemic of overdose deaths, not to sensationalize the issue.  But the Prince story is sensational and tragic at the same time. And the connection to buprenorphine only magnifies the tragic Read more…

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…

Obsessed with Suboxone Diversion? Raise the Cap!

Last week, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell raised the buprenorphine cap above the current limit of 100 patients per doctor.  This move, should it actually occur, will potentially save tens of thousands of young lives per year, given that over 30,000 people die from narcotic overdose each year.  But instead of Read more…

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Short Term Use of Suboxone

Firsted Posted 1/8/2014 I received an email today containing an angry comment about Suboxone/buprenorphine that I’ve read a number of times before on forums about addiction.  The essence of the comment was that Suboxone has caused tons of problems, including diversion, people stuck on the medication, and buprenorphine abuse. He Read more…

Double Standard for Buprenorphine at Pharmacies

First Posted 9/25/2013 Because of this blog, I frequently receive emails from people describing outrageous behavior by pharmacists.  I don’ intend to argue that pharmacists as a group are any more annoying than doctors, nurses, or plumbers for that matter.  Every specialty has practitioners who do their best to provide safe and Read more…

Is Treating Opioid Dependence Harder in Young People?

Originally Posted 5/11/2013 The forces of nature appear intent on reversing mankind’s progress toward better health.   An example is the ever-increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.  A timeline of the existence of humans and bacteria shows that bacteria have been around for a very long time— much longer than mammals, and much, much longer than Read more…