Suboxone use in Vermont at a crossroads

The use of suboxone to treat opiate addiction is controversial, to say the least. In Vermont – which ranks second in the country, behind only Maine, in per-capita admissions for treatment for addiction to prescription opiates – prison officials are seeing a huge spike in smuggled suboxone, according to this article. Suboxone is now being diverted by the very addicts it was formulated to help; the drug is being prescribed in record amounts around the state, and yet the state’s prescription opiate abuse problem shows no signs of slowing, the article says. (The number of Vermonters seeking treatment for opiate addiction in 2010 was up 21 percent from 2008 and up 300 percent from 2005, according to this related article.)

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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