Any medication, no matter what purpose it serves, can be abused. And Suboxone is no different. Even though it is used to help those with an opiate addiction, addicts have a found a way to use the medication to get high. In fact, hospitals and law enforcement are reporting that more and more people are now using Suboxone for recreational purposes.
Many people will try to use other drugs such as Ambien, antidepressants and other opiates along with Suboxone to increase their high. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to extreme sedation and even death. If you use Suboxone for anything other then what it is supposed to be used for, that is considered abuse.
Some say the ease of which you can get a prescription to this drug is the reason why more and more people are abusing it. Suboxone abuse cases are becoming more and more popular. That is why it is so important to properly educate yourself about this medication before you start taking it.
The problem with Suboxone is that one of the main ingredients, Buprenorphine, acts just like morphine or heroin. The only difference is that the euphoric feeling is not as strong. So you still get a little high by taking a medication that is suppose to help you get off of drugs.
While I understand the reasoning behind it, I think it hurts addicts more then it helps them. It seems to create a new addiction which I believe is the reason behind all the abuse. If you stop taking Suboxone to fast, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
Patients are basically getting a legal high. But once they see they can take that high to another level with other drugs, that’s exactly what they do. So is it really treating the addict or just temporarily covering up the problem? I would put my money on the latter.
And don’t get me wrong, I am sure this from of medication has helped many people get off of opiates and change their life. Which is a wonderful thing. But what about those who abuse the drug? What’s the next step for them?
When it boils down to it, I suggest you do your own research before you or any of your family members take any medication. If you think the risks are too high, stay away from it. You don’t want to be another victim of Suboxone abuse.