Fentanyl and Suboxone –  The Evolution of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Fentanyl and Suboxone – The Evolution of Drug Abuse and Addiction

A new and controversial detox drug utilized in major rehab centers today
is buprenorphine which is better known as Suboxone. Touted as the “new methadone,” this powerful, synthetic opiate is prescribed to patients with chronic pain and drug addiction problems.

Ironically, both Suboxone and methadone are also addictive, just as heroin and other medications like Vicodin and Oxycotin are.

Suboxone is expensive and extremely difficult to obtain from a physician. A person usually has to be a patient of a substance abuse specialist or a pain management doctor to get a prescription. The average cost
for a month’s prescription of Suboxone is approximately $200-$700. When used for detox purposes, gradual withdrawal of the drug is necessary to prevent negative side effects such as seizures, cramps, diarrhea, fever and chills, vomiting, and nausea. This sublingual narcotic was approved by the FDA in 2002.

Suboxone Sublingual Tablets

Rehab for Suboxone Addiction

Because of the physically and psychological addictive properties of Suboxone, there are now detox and rehab clinics especially for opiate dependent patients who need to get off of buprenorphine. A new method towards drug addiction is a quick, anesthetized process in which the patient undergoes withdrawal from opiates while under sedation. These treatments usually last one to two weeks and range in cost from $10,000 – $20,000.

Fentanyl – Extremely Powerful

Another new rage in prescription drugs is Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance that comes in the form of patches, tablets, lozenges and lollipops. This powerful synthetic opiate medication, prescribed to those in severe pain or recuperating from surgery, has become popular as a street drug. Closely related to heroin, Fentanyl has grown as an illegal substance under the names “china girl” or “goodfella.”
Detox centers, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals specifically designed to overcome this addiction are also growing. Introduced in the 1980’s, the painkiller gained its reputation for its effectiveness used for patients suffering from cancer. By the year 2004, over 8,000 cases of Fentanyl overdoses were reported in emergency rooms across the United States.