Suboxone, a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone (Naloxone is the drug which individuals are given to reverse an overdose) is a deterrent against injection. When dissolved under the tongue, patients get ninety percent of the medicine. It is an “agonist antagonist” – patients do not go through withdrawal and they do not get “high.”
An individual would get high taking Suboxone if that was their initial drug, but it would not have such an effect on an addict. If an addict takes drugs when taking Suboxone, they get no high. Suboxone stays in a person’s system for thirty hours. Suboxone is an effective treatment when incorporated into a treatment plan. The goal is to get everyone to the smallest dose of Suboxone as soon as possible. The treatment goal is nine months to one year.
There have been no reported deaths from Suboxone, according to Dr. Reach of the Watagua Medical Group, per notes from the Bristol VA Substance Abuse Coalition.
Suboxone Tablets Off the Market in March
March 1, 2013
From Subutex & Suboxone: How Much is Prescribed vs. Abuse/Diversion Reports