Category Archives: Buprenorphine Deaths

Emerging adult age status predicts poor buprenorphine treatment retention…

May 21, 2014

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

 

Harvard Study – Emerging adults (18-25 years old) are often poorly retained in substance use disorder treatment…   read more:

http://www.journalofsubstanceabusetreatment.com/article/PIIS0740547214000816/abstract

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Rutland pharmacist diverted drugs…

Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer
6:33 a.m. EDT April 24, 2014

VERMONT – A druggist at a Walgreens pharmacy in Rutland pleaded not guilty this week to a charge he diverted more than 700 prescription painkiller tablets for his own use. Cigana was confronted March 3 by Walgreens official Peter Serafin and admitted he took the medications. The missing drugs included 400 Carisoprodol or skeletal relaxant tablets, 300 hydrocodone pills, five Alprazolam tablets and eight Suboxone strips…    read more:

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/23/rutland-pharmacist-diverted-drugs-police-say/8069313/

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Man threatens Walgreens Pharmacist….

TimesLeader.com

April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania – A man was arrested minutes after he allegedly threatened a pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy on Monday morning to get a supply of Suboxone. Rodgers allegedly told the pharmacist, “I have a revolver in my pocket and I’m not afraid to kill you,” the complaint says. The pharmacist told Rodgers not to hurt her as she placed a box of 30 Suboxone valued at $249 on the counter…     read more:

http://timesleader.com/news/blotter-local-news/1325641/Police-reports-for-Monday-April-14

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Police say drugs smuggled into prison on baby…

April 04, 2014

Associated Press

VERMONT – Vermont State Police say a couple attempted to smuggle drugs into the Marble Valley Correctional Facility by attaching them to a baby. Police say during their investigation they learned that inmate 26-year-old Gregory Munukka contacted his girlfriend, 25-year-old Michelle Doaner, about obtaining buprenorphine for him. Police said they decided the drug would be attached to their 1-year-old child so Munukka could receive the drugs on a scheduled visit to the prison on March 31…    read more:

http://online.wsj.com/article/APb611053c44264cd2bfb940210eea1f8e.html

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Haleyville doctor under fire for far exceeding federal limits on number of Suboxone patients…

Shoals Insider

Larry Baker Staff Writer

Sat, Mar 29, 2014
ALABAMA – A Winston County physician, Dr. Boyde Harrison, has come under scrutiny and brought about an investigation for violating the maximum number of Suboxone patients he treats. Federal Law clearly mandates that no prescriber can exceed 100 patients on this highly addictive narcotic. According to public databases, Harrison concurrently had in excess of several hundred patients, including the elderly, on this powerful and deadly drug, often used to treat addiction. read more:

 
http://shoalsinsider.com/haleyville-doctor-under-fire-for-far-exceeding-federal-limits-on-number-of-p4599-1.htm

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Physician Pleads Guilty to Illegally Prescribing Drug Used to Treat Opiate Addiction…

InsuranceNewsNet.com

March 14, 2014

BOSTON – The AG’s investigation revealed that Ng prescribed the drug Suboxone, a semi-synthetic drug used to treat opiate addition, to nine of his patients even after repeated drug tests indicated that the patients were not taking Suboxone and were continuing to use illegal street drugs, including heroin, methadone and other opiates. For many of these patients, Ng wrote medical notes falsely stating that the patients had therapeutic levels of Suboxone in their system, had not deviated from their treatment, or had been tolerating their Suboxone treatment without difficulty. Ng also wrote prescriptions in false names for two additional patients. Most of the prescriptions at issue were billed to and paid for by the Massachusetts Medicaid Program (MassHealth)…   read more:

http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/03/15/milton-physician-pleads-guilty-to-illegally-prescribing-drug-used-to-treat-opiat-a-474807.html#.UySDV1z47TQ

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Couple facing hearing in death…

Livingston.com

March 6, 2014

MISSOURI – Dr. John Bechinski, a deputy medical examiner at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, said an autopsy and toxicology reports found that the 4-year-old girl died from buprenorphine intoxication. He said he also found ethanol in the girl’s eye fluids and there is “no way to determine how alcohol was in her body.” Buprenorphine is an opioid medication in Suboxone, which is a synthetic opiate and is a medication approved for treatment of opiate dependence…   read more:

http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20140306/NEWS01/303060016/Couple-facing-hearing-death

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Wyckoff baby clings to life after ingesting anti-heroin drug, mother, boyfriend charged…

Posted by: Jerry DeMarco

Posted date:  February 21, 2014

NEW YORK –  A 9-month-old Wyckoff boy who ingested a methadone-like drug was in intensive care with swelling of the brain at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and his mother and her boyfriend were behind bars. The unresponsive baby was brought to the Valley Hospital last Saturday with small bruises on his forehead after Wyckoff police got a 911 call, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this morning. The prosecutor said that detectives who went to the Harvey Court home of Tara Bradbury, 23, found Suboxone, an expensive high-tech drug used to treat heroin and Dilaudid dependency that experts say can itself become addicting – and cause brain damage. It’s been called “the rich man’s methadone”…    read more:

http://cliffviewpilot.com/wyckoff-baby-clings-to-life-after-ingesting-anti-heroin-drug-mother-boyfriend-charged/

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Man faces drug charges after woman found dead…

BY JULIE MANGANIS

STAFF WRITER

Feb 12, 2104

MASSACHUSETTS – A Salem man is facing a string of drug charges after a woman was found dead in his apartment early Monday morning, and police are continuing to investigate whether those drugs played a role in a possible overdose. During his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, Shwan Kareem, 32, of 17R Boston St., pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute morphine, Suboxone, Clonodine, Gabapentin and methadone…   read more:

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1196429717/Man-faces-drug-charges-after-woman-found-dead

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AMENDMENT WOULD CRACK DOWN ON STREET SALES OF OPIATE TREATMENT DRUG…

VTDIGGER.ORG

LAURA KRANTZ

FEB. 13, 2014

VERMONT – State senators Thursday proposed legislation intended to crack down on the amount of the opiate addiction treatment drug buprenorphine that is being sold on the street. A four-page amendment to a major bill the Senate Judiciary Committee is crafting this session that is related to opiate addiction, proposes stricter rules for doctors who prescribe buprenorphine, also known by the brand name Suboxone…    read more:

http://vtdigger.org/2014/02/13/amendment-crack-street-sales-opiate-treatment-drug/

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Couple arraigned in 3-year-old’s death…

http://www.LivingstonDailiy.com

January 22, 2014

MICHIGAN – A former Fowlerville couple was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges in connection with the death of a 3-year-old girl left in their care. According to court records, Brock and Marme were baby-sitting Brock’s 3-year-old niece, whose mother died of an overdose in July, at his mother’s home in the 4100 block of Amy Drive in Handy Township on Aug. 31 when the couple suspected that the child swallowed a Suboxone pill that belonged to Brock…   read more:

http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20140122/NEWS06/301220013/Court-Docket-Couple-arraigned-3-year-old-s-death

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Buprenorphine abuse documentary…

Reindeerspotting: Escape from Santaland

This free documentary (see below link) follows several young drug abusers, but focuses on Jani Raappana. Jani is a drug addict, whose drug of choice is Subutex (buprenorphine) taken intravenously. He is unemployed and he finances his addiction through thefts, burglaries, and welfare payments. The main character in the movie, Jani Raappana, travelled in May 2010 with the director of the movie Neuvonen to Cambodia.

Raappana died in PhnomPenh July 7th, 2010. According to the local media, Raappana hanged himself.

In January 2013, the director of the film, Joonas Neuvonen, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for drug crimes.

 http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/reindeerspotting_escape_from_santaland

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Former B’ville man discusses drug addiction ‘epidemic’ after losing his 24-year-old son…

Friday, December 6, 2013 3:00 am

By AMY BARATTA, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEW JERSEY – He also began going to the Addiction Institute of New York at Roosevelt Hospital, although his attendance was “sporadic” because he was there on an outpatient basis, Williams said. At the same time, he added, the addiction psychiatrist began prescribing Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates. “You need to take it on a daily basis,” he said. “It was in pill form. You could grind the pills up and snort it and get a high if you don’t take it on a daily basis…   read more:

http://newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/former-b-ville-man-discusses-drug-addiction-epidemic-after-losing/article_cca6f14a-5c64-11e3-a456-001a4bcf887a.html

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Burlington woman charged with homicide in man’s drug overdose death…

By Lydia Mulvany of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 4, 2013

WISCONSIN – Kristie L. Fitzgerald, 37, was charged with second-degree reckless homicide Tuesday, adding to felony drug and bail jumping charges. David Buchholtz, 53, died of an overdose in August. According to the article, a friend told investigators that he would meet “Chrissy” on Tuesdays to buy drugs after collecting his unemployment check. He was using Suboxone, Oxycontin and heroin…   read more:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/burlington-woman-charged-with-homicide-in-mans-drug-overdose-death-b99156379z1-234419361.html

 

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Young women at higher risk of drug-related death…

November 28, 2013

HELSINKI – Researchers tracking the lives of thousands of Helsinki-area drug users find that buprenorphine and amphetamines are especially deadly for women in their late teens and early 20s. Among those seeking help at the Deaconess Institute, buprenorphine has become the most abused drug in the past decade. Marketed for use in heroin treatment, this powerful painkiller is also sold as a street drug. It’s better known under the brand name Subutex…   read more:

http://yle.fi/uutiset/study_young_women_at_higher_risk_of_drug-related_death/6957919

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Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side…

By Deborah Sontag, NYTimes

November 17, 2013

NYT – “It is diverted and sold on the black market,” he said. “It is misused, and it does lead to medically adverse consequences, including death. It is associated with a large number of deaths. The addiction drug was a “primary suspect” in 420 deaths in the United States reported to the Food and Drug Administration since it reached the market in 2003, according to a Times analysis of federal data…   read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/health/in-demand-in-clinics-and-on-the-street-bupe-can-be-savior-or-menace.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=0

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Heroin overdoses spike suddenly; 17 deaths since August…

BY JIM MUSTIAN

theadvocate.com

November 02, 2013

LOUISIANA – In reviewing toxicology reports, officials also found two overdose deaths this year involving Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction. “It’s basically the new methadone,” Clark said…   read more:

http://theadvocate.com/home/7459941-125/heroin-overdoses-higher-than-originally

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Heroin in Torrington: Friend tells story of apparent overdose victim…

By Isaac Avilucea, The Register Citizen

POSTED: 11/13/13, 11:16 PM EST 

CONNECTICUT – He told adult probation officers he purchased Suboxone — a combination drug of buprenorphine and naloxone used to treat opiate addictions — but the heroin wasn’t his after claiming he was wearing someone else’s pants…   read more:

http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20131113/heroin-in-torrington-friend-tells-story-of-apparent-overdose-victim

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ER study finds 1 in 10 older teens misuse Rx painkillers and sedatives…

UOFMHealth.org

OCTOBER 29, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels nationwide, and overdoses killing more people than auto accidents in many states, a new University of Michigan study provides striking new data about the misuse of potent prescription painkillers and sedatives by teens and young adults. The study asked teens and young adults about their use of the prescription opioids fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, buprenorphine, and Suboxone, and the sedatives Valium, Serepax, Ativan, Xanax, Librium, Rohypnol, and GHB, among others…   read more:

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201310/er-study-finds-1-10-older-teens-misuse-rx-painkillers-and

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OC lawyer charged with drug-DUI killing of cyclist…

Posted: Oct 22, 2013 1:41 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – An Orange County attorney has been charged with killing a bicyclist with her car as she drove under the influence of Xanax (ZAN’-ax) and other prescription drugs. A district attorney’s statement says 39-year-old Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti (FAWK’-rye bay-ROO’-tee) is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and could get four years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors allege Fakhrai-Bayrooti had taken multiple prescription drugs including Xanax and Suboxone before driving in Mission Viejo the night of March 15…   read more:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Oct/21/oc-lawyer-charged-with-drug-dui-killing-of-cyclist/

 

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Son’s heroin death prompts dad to seek HIPAA rule change…

Andy McNeil, (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post

9:31 p.m. EDT September 22, 2013

CAMDEN, N.J. – In New Jersey, the general rule is a parent must consent to treatment for a child under 18, said Julie Kligerman, associate counsel at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. But minors can receive treatment without a parent’s consent for exemptions such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault and pregnancy. Meanwhile, Justin, who had split his studies between Drexel, Syracuse and Temple universities, was selling his Suboxone (a drug given to recovering addicts) and Adderall and buying street drugs in Camden and North Philadelphia…   read more:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/22/heroin-patient-privacy-rules/2850135/

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Man found guilty of Rock Springs drug death…

By the Star-Tribune staff

September 26, 2013

WYOMING – Jerry Lee Burkholder was found guilty Thursday of distributing a drug that killed Kyle Dollar in Rock Springs. Burkholder was indicted by a federal grand jury in March for unlawfully distributing buprenorphine, which resulted in Dollar’s death…   read more:

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/man-found-guilty-of-rock-springs-drug-death/article_01f7eb68-358a-55ab-959b-b7327dba6fa8.html?comment_form=true

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Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents’ Drug Detox Meds …

Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter @ Philly.com

POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 12:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA – Buprenorphine is used alone (brand name Subutex) or in combination with another drug called naloxone (brand name Suboxone) to ease the symptoms of withdrawal in people trying to beat addictions to heroin, certain prescription painkillers or other opioid drugs. One dose of this medication can be fatal to a small child. Each year, nearly 1,500 children under 6 years old are treated in U.S. emergency departments as a result of accidental ingestion of buprenorphine. A new study examines 2,380 of these cases from October 2009 to March 2012. “These were small children, so it was unintentional ingestion, and we were interested to find out what happened to these kids after the ingestion, and what led to this exposure in the first place,” explained Dr. Eric Lavonas, lead study author and associate director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver. “Most of the children did well. About 500 had to go to the intensive care unit, and tragically, four children died,” Lavonas said. Results of the study were released online Aug. 29 in the Journal of Pediatrics. The average age of the children was 2 years…   read more:

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/topics/HealthDay679676_20130829_Toddlers_Can_Die_From_Swallowing_Parents__Drug_Detox_Meds.html

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Man’s death leads to drug charges for area woman…

by ALISON BAUTER

journaltimes.com

08/23/13

WISCONSIN – According to a criminal complaint out Thursday, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office charged Kristie Fitzgerald, from the 200 block of Waters Edge Court in Burlington, with possession and intent to deliver narcotics. This came after officers reportedly discovered 53-year-old David Buchholtz lying dead, face up, on his bedroom floor Monday in the Town of Waterford. A subsequent search of the room turned up Buchholtz’s phone, the complaint states, and text messages there reportedly led police to Fitzgerald. According to the complaint, Fitzgerald sold a Suboxone pill to Buchholtz last week in a Burlington parking lot…    read more:

http://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-s-death-leads-to-drug-charges-for-area-woman/article_3b973f1e-0be9-11e3-8736-001a4bcf887a.html

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Bridgeport Pain Doctor…

Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:04 AM EST

By Kim Freda, Assignment Editor 

WEST VIRGINIA – The indictment alleges Milan conspired with others in wrongdoing from December 2011 to June 27 to distribute oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, and Buprenorphine. The Greater Harrison Drug Task Force had been investigating Milan and her practice for several months when in June, 2013, one of Milan’s neighbors, as well as a patient of Milan, was found dead in his home in Fairmont…   read more:

http://www.wboy.com/story/22929836/federal-grand-jury-indicts-bridgeport-pain-doctor

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Maine man sentenced for fatal drug overdose…

July 17, 2013 17:30 EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 23-year-old Maine man is going to prison for nearly six years for giving another man a fatal dose of drugs. Shawn Verrill of South Berwick was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to five years and 11 months in prison. Verrill pleaded guilty in March to distribution of Suboxone that resulted in the death of Miles Malone…   read more:

 

http://www.wgme.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.me/3bf3cfc1-www.wgme.com.shtml

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Untimely death leads to drug charge for Torrington woman…

Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2013

By Jessica Glenza

BANTAM – The day before a 49-year-old Torrington woman died, police say another Torrington woman sold her an opiate addiction treatment medication, and are charging the woman with narcotics sales as a result. 

Shawna Marcantonio, 30, 386 Brightwood Ave., was charged with felony narcotics sales after she told police she’d given the woman five Suboxone pills…   read more:

 

http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/07/03/news/doc51d4b5460852e501274576.txt

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Coroner: 17 year old Devin Stacey died from drug overdose…

May 15, 2013

By LANA MUTHLER

The Express

PENNSYLVANIA –  “Suboxone and Xanax were found in his system,” Sayers said Tuesday, reading from a report on the results of laboratory tests submitted following an autopsy. Ironically, Suboxone is a prescription drug that is used to treat narcotic addiction…   read more:

http://www.lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/545352/Coroner–Devin-Stacey-died-from-drug-overdose.html?nav=5009

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Child endangerment case “essentially gutted” by judge…

Edith Brady-Lunny

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

April 4, 2013, 1:44 a.m.

ILLINOIS – Martin Stevenson, 26, of Normal, is charged with endangering the health of a child resulting in a death. He is accused of allowing Laina Stevenson access to Suboxone, a drug prescribed to treat opiate dependency, in May 2012. Toxicology reports returned three months after the child’s death turned up evidence of what was described in a coroner’s report as “fatal concentrations” of Suboxone…

read more:

http://www.latimes.com/topic/sns-mct-prosecution-child-endangerment-case-essentially-20130404,0,1416294.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Salem man caught running “mini-pharmacy”…

Julie Manganis

The Salem News

April 13, 2013, 4:44 a.m.

MASSACHUSETTS – They found nine small plastic bags of heroin and two bags of marijuana on a kitchen table, along with a stack of sandwich bags and a pair of scissors, 13 bags containing hashish and a larger bag of marijuana, a pill bottle that appeared to contain powder cocaine, and two more pill bottles containing Suboxone and Xanax, in Jordan’s bedroom. The officers also seized $424 in cash, five cellphones, a digital scale and two cans that looked like soda containers but that contained false bottoms. They also found a Suffolk University class ring that bore the initials of no one in the apartment. “This was a mini-pharmacy,” Prosniewski told the judge…   read more:

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x266748922/Police-Salem-man-caught-running-mini-pharmacy/stripped?device=mobile

 

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Bond set for mother in child’s death…

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013, 10:47

AM EDT
Published: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY)  –  A Suffolk judge set bond at $200,000 for Lakesha Lanika Riddick, 32, Wednesday morning. Her daughter, Destiny, died in 2011 after ingesting Suboxone, which was kept in a candy dish at her step-grandmother’s home…   read more:

 

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/crime/bond-set-for-mother-in-childs-death

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Drug overdoses claimed 30 lives in area last year…

Courier Express

Monday, February 11, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA – Clearfield Co.
Morris’ office investigated 234 natural deaths. Another 33 were accidental, including 14 drug-related deaths. Morris said the drug deaths included the “conventional” overdose types as well as multi-drug “cocktails” involving abuse of prescription drugs including Xanax, Klanopin, painkillers and Suboxone, a drug similar to methadone intended to get users off drugs…  read more:

 

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/courierexpress/courierexpresslocal/993345-349/drug-overdoses-claimed-30-lives-in-area.html

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Judge rejects motion to dismiss in Canton baby’s death…

Written by Darrell Clem

Staff Writer

Mar 03, 2013

MICHIGAN – Silas’ death was ruled as an overdose from Suboxone, a drug authorities have indicated was prescribed to Moody. Now-retired Canton Detective Tim Wright testified during a preliminary hearing in Gerou’s courtroom that the child died early June 9 inside the home Rodgers and Moody once shared on Maben Road, near Canton Center and Ford…   read more:

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130303/NEWS03/303030415/Judge-rejects-motion-dismiss-Canton-baby-s-death

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Suboxone sales estimated to reach 1.4 Billion in 2012 – more than viagra or adderall…

CESAR FAX 21-49

December 10, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – A recent State of Florida medical examiner report found that the number of buprenorphine-related deaths had increased from 6 in 2009 to 27 in 2011 (compared to 62 heroin-related deaths in 2011). These figures likely underestimate buprenorphine-related deaths because, unlike heroin, buprenorphine is not systematically tested for by State of Florida medical examiners. The true magnitude and scope of buprenorphine diversion, misuse, and adverse consequences is unknown because current epidemiologic measures do not systematically monitor buprenorphine. Routine drug testing protocols used by workplaces and the criminal justice system may not include buprenorphine. Similarly, buprenorphine-related deaths are not accurately tracked because medical examiners and coroners do not routinely test for the drug. We believe that in order to maximize the effectiveness and legitimacy of buprenorphine as a treatment for opioid dependence, it is essential that adequate systems for monitoring potential diversion, misuse, and adverse consequences be put in place throughout the country. According to the manufacturer, Suboxone “can cause serious life-threatening respiratory depression and death, particularly when taken by the intravenous (IV) route in combination with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants.”5 Failure to adequately assess the potential risks of diversion and misuse could result in serious public health consequences and more limitations on the drug’s use…   read more:

CESAR FAX 21-49 (Suboxone Sales Estimated to Reach $1.4 Billion)

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Baby Boy Dies; Was Given Pills as a Toy…

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

October 14, 2011

New York – A 13-month-old boy died after he apparently swallowed pills from a bottle of prescription drugs that his parents had given him to play with as a rattle, the authorities said on Friday. One or both of the parents, Edwin Perocier, 44, and Zoraiva Santiago, 22, gave the child a bottle of Suboxone that belonged to Mr. Perocier, the official said. The medication is used to treat people who are addicted to illegal or prescription opioid drugs…   read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/nyregion/baby-boy-dies-of-suboxone-overdose.html?_r=0

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