Forum for Medication Assisted Treatments

I have been writing about buprenorphine for over ten years, since it became apparent how important the medication would become. My thoughts about buprenorphine treatment can be found at my blog, Suboxone Talk (formerly Suboxone Talk Zone). Why the change? The old site was hacked, and was used to send out spam for a couple weeks – long enough to have the site branded as ‘malicious’. There are ways to get ‘unbranded’, but they are tedious and unreliable. Stop by and use the search function. If you have a question about buprenorphine, I’ve probably written an answer!

For a more interactive experience, check out our forum. SuboxForum has also been active for about ten years, and contains literally hundreds of thousands of questions, answers, and comments about anything related to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. We have a great group of moderators who have first-hand experience with buprenorphine and other treatment medications.

Going forward I hope to revive my YouTube videos, which can be found under the username ‘suboxdoc‘. Years back I got to a point where I’d said everything on my mind about buprenorphine and addiction. I’m thinking that it might be interesting to take a few minutes at the end of each week, and discuss the interesting issues that arose during the prior week – in the news, and perhaps in my practice.

 

New Buprenorphine Locators

A couple new web sites are helping people addicted to opioids, including heroin, find treatment with Suboxone or other buprenorphine medications.

One site is buprenorphine-doctors.com. The site markets buprenorphine physician practices for a fee, and also appears to list practices without cost in an easy-to-use database. The site also contains articles about buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder and short vignettes about practice approaches at marketed clinics.

Another Suboxone doctor finder can be found at suboxonephysicians.com. The site has an easy-to-use interface. But when I used it to scan my area, it listed a couple docs who no longer practice in the area.

Be persistent, and please find help. Also feel free to use my free forum, where you’ll find tons of helpful information about buprenorphine treatment.

 

Thoughts About Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Diversion

There is a balance of risk with any medical intervention, including buprenorphine treatment, where there are societal issues that fall under the domain of law enforcement and social workers.   I am frustrated by the desire of some physicians, particularly those associated with ASAM, to place more emphasis on the societal issues, than on the care of their personal, individual patients.    I can hear those doctors now…. ‘we have a duty to protect society.’   In response, I would say doctors FIRST have a duty to their patients…. NOT to ‘their patients’ as a whole, but to each separate, individual, complicated human being.  Period.

Making things worse, doctors have bought into the foolish media narrative about the dangers of buprenorphine.  I recently heard a doctor say that ‘buprenorphine is the same as heroin, the way people are using it.’     How frustrating that the people who are supposed to be ‘experts’— the people who could serve a role in educating the idiot narrative about ‘getting high from buprenorphine’— know so much less about the medication than their own patients!

Doctors:  How many people die from buprenorphine products?

http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/the-buprenorphine-diversion-problem/)

Had to get that off my chest