Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

Summary and Analysis

Suboxone's controversy lies in the truth that is does do good for the short term but it may be repeating past mistakes in what is unfortunately a predictable, potentially irreparable way, by replacing one opiate for another resulting in no fundamental change.

Those who contend that Suboxone users will no longer lead a life of crime, will be employed, and rise from poverty may have good wishes for an addicts future, and in the short term, some of those points may come true.

But the truth is Suboxone is a compound drug, and part of that is the opiate, buprenorphine. Although, there are claims it is not as addictive as heroin, addicts have found ways to use it to get high. This brings the addict back to the same physical and mental ills they were promised this drug would fix and unfortunately the controversy continues as it has not proven to be the miracle cure some have touted.

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Among addicts and addiction experts alike, the practice of using Suboxone for maintenance therapy is a hotly contested issue. And, in truth, both sides of the argument have valid points. For example, Suboxone supporters believe that long-term buprenorphine treatment is a much better alternative to turning to a life of crime, unemployment, poverty and dope-sickness. Some even say Suboxone helps to stave off the chronic depression that often follows detox.

On the other hand, most people who oppose Suboxone say that prolonged use of the drug brings about potentially devastating results … both physically and mentally. For this group, Suboxone is nothing short of a looming disaster speeding toward the addiction community.