I received a marketing email from this treatment program today. I don’t know anything about the program and I don’t mean for this post to endorse or criticize the program in any way.
What struck me is that it is marketing itself as a program specializing in suboxone addiction treatment. That treating addiction to suboxone, not treating opiate addiction with suboxone.
Suboxone has been a boon for opiate detox, but it seems to be freely prescribed for long term maintenance, we’ve been seeing people relapse by using suboxone, and we’ve seen been reading reports of misuse for some time (here, here, and here). Clearly, as we’ve known for a while, it’s not as safe as we’d hoped. Still, it’s potential for harm appears to be much lower than methadone.