Many People are unconvinced about the effects of one of the only MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment) programs out there called “Suboxone” or buprenorphine. Heroin and opiate addicts had little choices before it’s introduction.
According to Wikipedia, In the United States, buprenorphine (Subutex) and buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone) were approved for opioid addiction by the United States Food and Drug Administration in October 2002. It was rescheduled to Schedule III drug from Schedule V just before FDA approval of Subutex and Suboxone. In the years prior to Suboxone’s approval, Reckitt Benckiser had lobbied Congress to help craft the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), which gave authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver to physicians with certain training to prescribe and administer Schedule III, IV, or V narcotic drugs for the treatment of addiction or detoxification. Prior to the passage of this law, such treatment was not permitted in outpatient settings except for clinics designed specifically for drug addiction.
So as you can see here until 2002 only specialized clinics were able to dispense this stuff. Not the case anymore. More and more PCP (Primary Care Physicians) are doing the training to have the ability to prescribe this stuff. 1 eight hour course is all it takes for a Doctor to have the ability to prescribe for 100 patients in an outpatient setting. This can be a lifesaver.
The harsh honest truth is that heroin withdrawal is very unlikely to kill a person. Unlike alcohol or the Benzodiazepine class of drugs which can be VERY life-threatening in detox. The reason Most opioid addicts can’t stand withdrawal and would do anything to avoid it is that they feel like they are dying.
- Altered perception of temperature (hot/cold flashes)
- Change in libido (abnormally high or low)
- Muscle aches
- Mental fog/confusion/lack of motivation
- Increased tearing
- A runny nose
- Restless Legs
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
As anybody can see experiencing any of these can be VERY discomforting. Never mind several or all at once. This is one of the many reasons that addicts do things that the person they used to be would never even consider. The disease has taken over. Luckily though, Suboxone is there to help bring you or your loved one back.
If you would like to learn more about suboxone I have a short E-BOOK about it available on Amazon in the Kindle store.