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It’s not at all surprising that many people are struggling with opioid addiction. Prescription painkillers are much easier to obtain compared to illicit drugs. Opiates, opioids, and other narcotics are prescribed for people who are struggling with moderate to severe pain. This makes opioids an ideal target for recreational users. They are so easy to obtain, not to mention they are much cheaper.
And because of this growing problem, it’s no surprise that the government would try to manage it somehow. That is why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved suboxone—a drug that helps people who are going through opioid addiction.
Ironically, this drug has its own abuse potential, and so it must be used carefully. Today we’re going to dive into the nature of suboxone and how it makes people feel so that we’ll understand the risk we’re taking whenever we’re misusing this substance.
What is Suboxone?
Make no mistake: suboxone is a very helpful drug that suppresses withdrawal symptoms. It works well in opioid replacement therapy, which aims to make withdrawal much easier to manage.
Suboxone is a combination drug made up of two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. This means it can ease an addicted person’s cravings without providing the same intense high that opiates provide. It’s a less potent version of common opioids.
Naloxone, on the other hand, is an opioid antagonist. This means it blocks the effects of opioids, discouraging misuse. It also minimizes the risk of overdose.
Combined, these two drugs create suboxone, a substance that’s supposed to fight against relapse. And for the most part, it works exactly as intended. It needs to be taken exactly as prescribed in order to achieve the desired results. Unfortunately, there are still people who would go out of their way to abuse this helpful medication.
And because it contains opioids, significantly large doses of suboxone can still be habit-forming.
How Does It Make You Feel?
Individuals who are struggling with addiction may try to abuse suboxone because they miss the euphoric high provided by opiates. The risk of getting addicted to suboxone is admittedly lower, but it is possible to get high on this drug.
In fact, it has gained some popularity among inmates who have it smuggled into their prison cells by embedding suboxone into coloring pages and other similar things.
Suboxone can create a similar euphoric sensation when taken in large doses. Just like other opioids, it can relax the user and give them a sense of well-being. Suboxone is also being sold illegally in the streets.
Most recreational users will try to tamper with suboxone to change the intended formula. They may try to crush the tablets and inhale it. Some will even dissolve suboxone into a solution and then inject it directly into their bloodstream for instant effects. This is extremely dangerous for the addicted person.
Suboxone is particularly dangerous when taken alongside other drugs and substances like sedatives, heroin, or alcohol.
If you know someone who is misusing for suboxone, it is important that they enter drug rehab. Inpatient treatment can help them take suboxone properly, so that the desired effects can be achieved. Addiction treatment works best when medical detox is combined with counseling and behavioral therapy.
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