Suboxone Hitting the Streets

suboxone on the streets

According to an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette News, Suboxone (buprenorphine)—widely regarded as one of the best treatment options for opioid dependent addicts—has started showing up with increasing frequency on the illicit drug market. The piece notes a recent three-part series on the issue that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

The availability of “bupe”, as it is termed on the streets, is arising from people to whom Suboxone has been prescribed who then turn and sell it on the streets to raise money to buy heroin. However, the minimal ‘high’ it creates, coupled with steep prices, suggest it won’t have wide black market appeal.

Despite the growing problems, Suboxone “remains one of the best means available to help conquer addiction.”

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette News
Date: Jan. 8, 2008

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