Saturday, July 17, 2010

How the Hell Did I Get Hooked on Suboxone??

That’s what many of my patients are asking themselves. Most started out having a problem with opiates. Some started out recreationally and some started out for medical situations that involved being prescribed addictive narcotic medications.

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When I worked as a nurse practitioner in my previous position, I remember when the drug representatives who sold Suboxone were coming through and educating us about this wonder cure. It seemed too good to be true…but sure enough, the doctor I worked with got his DEA designation to prescribe, and we were able to get patients off heroin and Oxycontin, Percocet and dilaudid and the rest. It was amazing!

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What no one seemed to know—or say—was how difficult it can be to get off Suboxone. Woops. No one prepared us for this small detail.

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When I accepted the position to work with Dr. Coleman here at The Coleman Institute, my former colleagues laughed when I told them we help people get off Suboxone! Why, they asked, would you do that? Suboxone is specifically used to detox people off those drugs.

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Suffice it to say, we are now experiencing the fallout from the ‘miracle cure’. Every month hundreds of people call us wondering how the hell they got hooked on Suboxone and is there anyone anywhere who can help them get off.

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We now have six offices around the country, and getting people off Suboxone is a growing specialty. Please call me if you have any questions.

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Joan R. Shepherd, NP

1 comment:

  1. The question for ME is how the hell am I supposed to PAY for this suboxone?!?I have SEVERE medical problems,which I have been given percocet for YEARS! Now that I am trying something else,I have been given suboxone for 6 mos,tapering down from 3 pills a day to 2,and I am having no problems tapering.But now that I have hit my 6 mo.LIMIT,my insurance has no decided that I need to be reevaluated and I have not had this OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive med covered.($12 a pill!)2 weeks now I have bought percs instead,they are only 3 bucks a piece on the street.HMM lets see,what can I afford?So this wonder drug is so damn expensive that I am right back where I started! They said if I want my ins. to cover it again, I must WAIT,keep going to counseling and PAY for the med myself,and MAYBE after a few weeks of clean drug screens I will be 'blessed' enough for them to start paying for it again.My dr is an idiot,he didnt tell me of the 6mo.cut off,matter of fact,he told me the ins. approved for 1 year,on Friday,he said I had to be reapproved and Sat. I was AGAIN buying percocet! (def not by my choice!) I was getting enough relief from the suboxone to function and deal w/ my pain.This drug co ought to be ASHAMED to charge this outrageous price for 1 single pill! They are basically telling me I am a drug addict and they could care less if I DROP DEAD! It would be one less person(or number) to have to cover!Today is my 35th b.d.and I am wishing I were dead,I cant even stand up w/o my legs going numb,due to my preexisting condition.SOMEONE plz tell me where to turn. These 'doctors' had NO problem dishing me out 50 percs a week,like candy,then one day, they said,I was done with them,no tapering,just DONE,they are all quacks! Something needs to be done here,they are putting us in an impossible situation here,and I am FED UP!

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