Suboxone is usually prescribed to help someone with an opiate addiction. It contains a synthetic opiate (buprenorphine) and another ingredient (naloxone), intended to neutralize the euphoric effect of the opiate. But unfortunately, many opiate users become addicted to this "cure." Suboxone is usually prescribed at a lower dose than that consumed when the person was addicted to other opioids, but Suboxone is itself addictive. Unfortunately, those who receive this prescription may get as much as a month's supply of the drug, so controlling how much the user takes at one time is impossible. The Suboxone drug compound also comes in small sheets of film that are placed under the tongue to allow it to dissolve.
A recent development in the spread of this drug is that inmates in at least three different states are showing up with Suboxone in jail. In Kentucky, four people were accused of trying to smuggle Suboxone into the Harlan County Detention Center. Jail authorities said they found Suboxone strips glued onto the tags of underwear that were brought into the jail by one inmate's girlfriend.
In Florida, two women were charged with conspiring to smuggle a controlled substance into a St. Johns County (Florida) jail through the mail. The women were discovered when one of them, who was already an inmate in the jail, appeared intoxicated to the guards. They searched her cell and found Suboxone. Now both are being held in the jail.
A third jail incident occurred in Vermont, where at least half of the contraband drugs that are seized in the state's prison system are buprenorphine (Suboxone). This drug was reportedly found 78 times by state corrections staff. This is nearly the same as the total for all other inmate drug seizures, 35 of which involved marijuana, 30 prescription drugs, 10 heroin and 4 of cocaine. The numbers that were compiled for the Vermont State Legislature suggest that buprenorphine accounted for three-quarters of the prescription medication seized by corrections officers from June 2011 to January 2012.
One effect of Suboxone, as with other opiates, is respiratory suppression. This is what causes death when someone takes an overdose of an opiate drug. It is also dangerous for someone under the influence of Suboxone to operate machinery or drive cars. Other common effects can include sleeping problems (too much or too little); cold or flu-like symptoms, and nausea. It can also cause emotional shut off or numbness. In addition there are long-term usage effects such as losing interest in sex, hair loss, and even abnormal reactions to stress and emotions.
Tapering Off of Opiates is Not a Full Cure for Addiction
While the idea of taking Suboxone is to taper off from opiate addiction, this does not represent an addiction cure. This "cure" (which only handles withdrawal symptoms) often becomes the new addiction as the person may just continue to take this drug as a long-term maintenance strategy. This doesn't handle the underlying causes of addiction.
Narconon Offers Success for Opiate Addicts
For a person to truly recover from opiate or any other drug addiction, he must handle both the physical and mental or emotional reasons for continuing to take drugs. With help, he will gradually know that he does not need to take any drugs to be happy or deal with life's challenges.
A former opiate user can successfully recover a sober life with the help of Narconon. There are Narconon centers in more than fifty locations around the world where one can get a clean, fresh start on his life. These centers have been helping addicts to attain lasting sobriety for the past forty-five years. Their success rate of long-lasting sobriety is 70%, far higher than most rehab programs. This is due to the comprehensive approach to drug and alcohol rehab which the Narconon program involves. It addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction, but the mental and emotional ones as well. One learns many important life skills as a Narconon student, including charting his own new life without the need for drugs as an escape.