Category Archives: Suboxone

More Buprenorphine Found in Law Enforcement drug testing…

CESAR FAX (Center For Substance Abuse Research) – The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) collects results from law enforcement-encountered drug items submitted to and analyzed by state and local forensic laboratories across the country….  Read More…

Cesar Fax Report December 2014

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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:

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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:

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Man threatens Walgreens Pharmacist….

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:

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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:

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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:

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

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:

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Couple facing hearing in death…

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:

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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:

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Man faces drug charges after woman found dead…



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:

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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:

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Woman arrested for Buprenorphine distribution…

The Independent Record

January 27, 2014

MISSOURI – Amanda Hope Grewatz was arrested Jan. 23 in connection with the distribution of Buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. Between June 13, 2013 and June 19, 2013 Grewatz was caught selling the drug – which can produce similar euphoric effects to heroin – to a man working with the Missouri River Drug Task Force…   read more:

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

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:

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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.

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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:

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Suboxone: The Next Drug Epidemic?

30 September 2013
 By Pat Anson, Editor

A drug increasingly being used to treat opioid addiction may be fueling a new epidemic of diversion, overdose, addiction and death in the United States. The drug’s name is buprenorphine, but it is more widely known by its brand name – Suboxone – which for many years was sold exclusively by Reckitt-Benckiser, a British pharmaceutical company. Since Reckitt’s patent on Suboxone expired in 2012, several other drug makers have rushed to introduce their own formulations – hoping to grab a share of the $1.5 billion market for Suboxone in the U.S. “This is insanity,” says Percy Menzies, a pharmacist and addiction expert. “Buprenorphine is one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in the world.” “We took an abused drug and we said let’s use it to treat addiction to heroin and opiates.”   read more:

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Drug-addicted babies on rise in Tennessee…

October 12th, 2013 7:58 pm

by Becky Campbell

TENNESSEE – “There are more than 100 physicians in our region that is prescribing suboxone, which is a morphine-like substance. We are seeing an excessive number of mothers on subutex and suboxone. These babies are showing significant symptoms of drug withdrawal,” Bharti said…   read more:

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Recovering heroin addict tells of his long-fought battle…

By Cindy Ekas

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 12:46 a.m

PITTSBURGH – Addis said he first began seeking treatment for his heroin addiction in 1998, but he didn’t get clean until 2009. He had tried methadone and Suboxone, opiate replacement therapies, but his drug addiction always came back…  Reese said Fayette County Drug & Alcohol tries to move alcoholics and drug addicts to a clean and sober life. “We really don’t believe that long-term methadone or Suboxone treatment is the answer,” he said. “We believe that addicts can live a clean and sober life.”   read more: 

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I didn’t know unborn children had lawyers…

Friday, October 25, 2013 by: gator

WISCONSIN – She was ordered to go to a drug treatment center. Or go to jail. She went to the treatment center even though she was not on drugs. Even though she had kicked her addiction on her own. While there, they forced her to take Suboxone to treat an addiction she did not have. A drug she told them she did not want to take…   read more:

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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:

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Watertown Man Arrested On Drug, Sex Assault Charges…

Jesse Leavenworth

September 8, 2013, 2:16 p.m.

CONNECTICUT  – The investigation began when two females reported being sexually assaulted inside Finnemore’s home at 27 Sylvan Lake Road in the Oakville section, police said. Investigators developed further information leading to execution of a search warrant, police said. Inside the home, police found 29 mature marijuana plants and about 50 plants in the early stages of growth, police said. They also seized about 14 pounds of packaged marijuana and other narcotics prepared for sale, including methadone,oxycontin, roxicodone, Suboxone and xanax, police said…   read more:


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Man stores his drugs where the sun don’t shine…

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 3:23 PM

by Stephanie Farr

PHILADELPHIA – According to Chitwood, the couple has come to the township twice before to sell drugs. Larocca was allegedly in possession of oxycodone and Suboxone when police moved in last night. He was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and Routzhan, who is four months pregnant, was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, Chitwood said. “One guy’s got drugs stuck in his rectum and the other is four months pregnant,” Chitwood said. …   read more:

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Breaking Good…

By Daniel Edward Rosen

June 04, 2013

SANTA FE – While Suboxone is technically intended to help opiate addicts get clean, many black-market purchasers are merely using it to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal before using drugs again.

“This will bridge you from one bag of dope to another while you are trying to procure your next bag of dope,” Gyuricz says…   read more:

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Maine woman accused of pharmacy robbery…

June 4, 2013, 2:17 pm

The Associated Press

KINGFIELD, Maine (AP) – Michelle Wilcox of Madrid is being held on $50,000 bail for the Monday afternoon robbery at Western Maine Pharmacy in Kingfield. Officials say she’s accused of robbing the pharmacy’s entire stock of Suboxone — a drug used to treat opiate addiction — after handing a clerk a note saying she had a weapon…   read more:

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Woman faces up to 40 years…

Franklin News Post

Monday, April 29, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY – Staff Writer

VIRGINIA – A Vinton woman faces up to 40 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court to distribution of Oxocodone and Buprenorphine, both which are controlled drugs….   read more:

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From Suboxone to heroin…

Posted: Wed 9:02 PM, May 15, 2013

Reporter: Elizabeth Schilder

WISCONSIN – That’s when she was introduced to the prescription opiate Suboxone at a party. “I guess it was kind of a combination of curiosity and peer pressure and we were already in the drug scene so it was kind of something I really wanted to try,” Matteson told NewsChannel 7. From Suboxone, she and Aaron moved on to heroin. First they snorted the highly addictive drug. Then they began injecting it…   read more:–Heroin-Changes-Lives–207644491.html

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Troopers called to LRMC, two people shooting up in ER…

Debbie Rolen

The Logan Banner, W.Va.

May 14, 2013, 12:34 p.m.

WEST VIRGINIA – West Virginia State Police responded to a call from the Logan Regional Medical Center with regard to two people “shooting up” in the Emergency Room…   The officer also located a Suboxone sublingual film, a Schedule III Controlled Substance, on the defendent’s person and found two more Oxycodone pills, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, in an unmarked orange pill bottle, inside the defendent’s purse…   read more:,0,7277894.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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

May 15, 2013


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:–Devin-Stacey-died-from-drug-overdose.html?nav=5009

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Drug Used to Treat Heroin Addicts Becoming Mainstream…

Posted: Fri 5:28 PM

Apr 03, 2009

Reporter: Liz Hayes

WISCONSIN – A prescription drug used to treat heroin addiction, called Suboxone, is ending up on the streets of Milwaukee…. and some are warning it could make its way to north central Wisconsin too…   read more:

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Salem man caught running mini-pharmacy…

April 13, 2013



SALEM – Charles Jordan had just been released in February from state prison, where he served three to four years for the cocaine and heroin Beverly police found when they caught him that time back in 2008, when he was arrested again, just a few days later, on heroin distribution charges in Lynn. Then, on Thursday evening, Salem police executed a search warrant following an investigation that revealed a “mini-pharmacy” on Palmer Street, guarded by two pit bulls, a Salem police spokesman said. Jordan, 46, of 12 Palmer St., Salem, pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing with intent to distribute heroin, crack and powder cocaine, marijuana, hashish, Suboxone and Xanax during his arraignment in Salem District Court yesterday…   read more:

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Union Fund Hits Reckitt With Suboxone Antitrust Suit…


By Ama Sarfo

April 08, 2013, 2:22 PM ET

NEW YORK – The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Employee Benefits Fund, which pays for members’ prescription drug purchases, alleges Reckitt created a “product-hopping scheme” by creating a film version of Suboxone and stopping promotion on its older tablet version to thwart other companies from creating generic tablet versions as Reckitt’s exclusivity period for the tablet Suboxone came to a close, causing the fund to pay inflated prices for the drug. “By introducing Suboxone film, Reckitt caused the prescription base of Suboxone tablets to disappear, in effect, hobbling generic Suboxone tablet competition and preventing the price of co-formulated buprenorphine/naloxone from dropping to competitive levels,” the complaint says…   read more:

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Heroin-Selling Near School…

By Ariana Cohn-Sheehan

April 16, 2013

A man and woman from Hackettstown were charged with attempt to distribute heroin in a school zone, a fourth-degree crime, Monday after Hackettstown police made joint arrests with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Taskforce. Joseph Boyle, 27, was served the distribution charge in addition to being charged with third-degree possesion of Suboxone; third-degree possession of heroin; fourth-degree attempt to distribute heroin and third-degree distribution of heroin…   read more:

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Suboxone – Miracle drug or false hope?


February 06, 2011

CAPE COD –  Sorrenti now manages a sober home in Dorchester. She has not seen positive results from Suboxone treatment. “It’s a mind-altering, mood-altering drug that you put into your body,” Sorrenti said. “When I was getting high, people bought it on the streets. People sniffed it and snorted it.” She said even those who are using it legitimately to stay clean are walking around “like the living dead,” even nodding off at Narcotics Anonymous meetings…   read more:

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Sales of prescription pain killers rising; experts see addiction epidemic…

By The Associated Press
on April 05, 2012 at 9:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic…   read more:

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FDA Panel Says a Cautious ‘Yes’ to Buprenorphine Implant…

Megan Brooks

Mar 21, 2013

MEDSCAPE – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) today voted for approval of a buprenorphine subdermal implant (Probuphine, Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc) for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. The vote was 10 to 4 (with 1 abstaining) that the efficacy, safety, and risk-benefit data supplied by the company supports approval. Probuphine is an implantable, long-acting version of buprenorphine sublingual tablets. The implant is designed to deliver 6 months of continuous, round-the-clock, long-term therapeutic levels of buprenorphine following administration of a single subcutaneous implant in the upper arm in a 10- to 15-minute office procedure. However, the “vast majority of patients, even Probuphine-treated patients, persisted in illicit opioid use…   read more:


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Reckitt Benckiser falls after losing drug exclusivity …

25 Feb 2013

by Georgia Manors

Shares in Reckitt Benckiser were hammered on Monday by the news that it has lost exclusivity over its SUBOXONE tablets after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave two drug manufacturers the green light to produce generic versions of the drug…   read more:

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Reckitt Benckiser Faces Generic Threats After FDA Rejection…

By Paul Jarvis and Matthew Boyle

Feb 25, 2013

Bloomberg News – Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc faces competition in pharmaceuticals for the first time after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two generic variants of its Suboxone heroin-dependency drug, thwarting the company’s attempts to keep rivals away from its most profitable business…   read more:

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Reckitt Hires Key Bureaucrat Amid Suboxone Tumult…

By Ed Silverman

February 21st, 2013

12:07 pm

Amid a raging controversy over its strategy for promoting the Suboxone treatment for opioid dependence, Reckitt Benckiser has hired a career government bureaucrat who can help the company better navigate the curious world of opioid treatment programs and federal regulations. In a little-noticed move, Nicholas Reuter joined Reckitt earlier this month as manager of treatment health policy and government affairs, a Reckitt spokesman confirms. Reuter, who spent 37 years with the federal government, was most recently a senior public health analyst with the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration, or SAMHSA. And his crowning accomplishment was shepherding the rulemaking process for getting Buprenorphine – which is sold as Suboxone and other names – into opioid treatment programs, according to Alison Knopf, editor of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, which first reported the hiring…   read more:

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only 53% of buprenorphine recipients had a recorded diagnosis of opioid abuse/dependence in 6 months prior to their buprenorphine initiation…


Vol. 22, Issue 4

January 28, 2013

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  –  Study finds that only 53% of buprenorphine recipients had a recorded diagnosis of opioid abuse/dependence in 6 months prior to their buprenorphine initiation…   read more:


CESAR FAX 22-04 (Characteristics of Patients Prescribed Buprenorphine)

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Addicts, researchers say new drug trumps methadone at curbing addiction…

William Bender

Philadelphia Daily News

January 18, 2013, 11:44 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA – Kapulsky, who is planning to take college courses to become a drug-and-alcohol counselor, has been helping people find Vivitrol providers. It’s a prescription-only monthly dose of naltrexone, which binds to the brain’s opioid receptors and blocks the effects of heroin and similar drugs. Unlike methadone and Suboxone, Vivitrol is not habit-forming…   read more:,0,3970970.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Pharmacy worker, husband arrested on drug charges…

Staff report

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:38 p.m.

LOUISIANA – Webre said the searches resulted in the seizure of 1.3 grams of marijuana, 1.2 grams of methamphetamine, 84 Soma (carisoprodol) pills, 56 hyrdocodone pills, 49 Xanax (alprazolam) pills, 6.5 diazepam pills, six Adipex pills, two Suboxone pills, crushed amounts of Vyvanse, a bottle of liquid hyrdrocodone and a large number of other pills requiring prescriptions. Agents also recovered four firearms and various drug paraphernalia…   read more:

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BioDelivery estimates that nearly two million patients in the U.S. are dependant on prescription opioids….

Jason deBruyn

Staff Writer

Triangle Business Journal

Jan 22, 2013, 10:02am EST

BioDelivery estimates that nearly two million patients in the U.S. are dependant on prescription opioids. Reckitt Benckiser has had Suboxone on the market since 2002 and generates $1.2 billion in annual sales. BioDelivery believes its product offers “advantages over Suboxone and could seize a meaningful share of this rapidly growing market.”…   read more:

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Addicts, researchers say new drug trumps methadone at curbing addiction…

William Bender

Philadelphia Daily News

January 18, 2013, 11:44 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA – Kapulsky, who is planning to take college courses to become a drug-and-alcohol counselor, has been helping people find Vivitrol providers. It’s a prescription-only monthly dose of naltrexone, which binds to the brain’s opioid receptors and blocks the effects of heroin and similar drugs. Unlike methadone and Suboxone, Vivitrol is not habit-forming and doesn’t trigger withdrawal symptoms when treatment ends.Recovering addicts say Vivitrol also reduces cravings. Approximately 4,500 to 5,500 people in the U.S. are currently on Vivitrol, according to its manufacturer, Alkermes. Kapulsky’s experience is echoed by other recovering addicts in the Philadelphia area…   read more:,0,3970970.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Special campaign launched to curb drugs menace…

Priya Yadav, TNN

Jan 7, 2013, 08.02PM IST

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal said that a special campaign has been launched to curb the menace of drugs containing Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic Substances like Dextropropoxyphene, Diphenoxylate, Codeine, Pentazocine, Buprenorphine and Nitrazepam, as it has been observed that such drugs are widely misused for intoxication purpose by certain people…   read more:

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Update to: Amber Portwood addicted to Suboxone, using prison to quit cold turkey…

JAN, 19, 2013


It’s been more than seven months since former Teen Mom star Amber Portwood elected to return to prison to serve out a five-year sentence instead of completing a court-mandated drug rehab program. At the time Amber was reportedly hooked on Suboxone and admitted to the judge she had never been able to remain clean, even while enrolled in the program. A source close to Amber said she felt that prison was her only option if she really wanted to get clean, and although her decision drew an outpouring of criticism online, it seems her decision may have been the right one…   read more:

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Potentially life-threatening drug reaction strikingly high in patients receiving Suboxone…

Fran Lowry

Dec 13, 2012

The prevalence of serotonin syndrome, which, at its most severe, is a potentially life-threatening drug reaction that increases serotonin levels, is strikingly high in patients receiving buprenorphine ( Suboxone, Reckitt Benckiser) on an outpatient basis for opioid addiction…   read more:

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Ohio addiction clinic opens in ex-pill mill center…

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Published 10:00am

PORTSMOUTH (AP) – Critics say Suboxone clinics keep people on the drug too long without the extensive counseling needed to break an addiction. They also worry such clinics contribute to the illegal sale of Suboxone, which is rising in Ohio and around the country…   read more:

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This Fall in Drugs: Higher-Dose Suboxone Films…

By Jennifer Matesa


Drug manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser has announced plans to bring to market this fall new, higher-dose versions (4mg and 12mg) of its Suboxone films…    read more:

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Readers plead for more information on drug for addicts…

September 20, 2012

BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA – Many of them, like Joshua Donnelly of North Philly, are desperate for a solution, having failed to kick the habit with methadone or Suboxone…   read more:

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