Category Archives: Suboxone Abuse

Suffolk man sentenced in toddler’s drug death…

SUFFOLK – The container contained Suboxone, a narcotic often used to treat heroin addiction. Destiny ate an unspecified amount of the drug, thinking it was candy, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney T. Marie Walls. The drug had been bought on the street a few days earlier, Walls said…   read more:,0,1650831.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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


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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Dr.’s License suspended: did not follow guidelines in prescribing controlled substances…

By Chris Engle Staff Writer

April 16, 2010|

GAYLORD – The complaint also alleges Donald Bills prescribed Ritalin and OxyContin to a patient March 9, 2009, days after the same patient attempted to have an altered prescription for Ritalin filled five days early on March 2; and prescribed buprenorphine (brand name, Suboxone), a drug used to treat opiate addiction, without the required license to do so…   read more:

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Counselor charged with taking funds from patient accounts…


Washington State Department of Health

News Release

July 27 2012

WASHINGTON – On or about November 9, 2010, Respondent reported to Western State Hospital that she was addicted to Suboxone, a controlled substance, and that she had taken patient funds to purchase Suboxone…   read more:

re: Lauren F. Robbins Suspension

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Doctor Accused of Overprescribing, Sex Contact with Patients…

Rachel Pritchett

Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Wash.

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – A recurring theme among the patients was that Duggal introduced and increased dosages of powerful drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Suboxone without looking at the patients’ previous records or fully justifying the drugs’ use. At times, he continued to prescribe the drugs, even though they were not working. Sometimes this occurred on patients battling addiction…   read more…,0,7521438.story

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Delaware Deputies Arrest 7 in Drug Probe…

The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.

December 5, 2012, 7:34 a.m.

NEW YORK – Edna Cering, 30, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony, for an incident that occurred Nov. 26 involving Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. She was remanded to jail without bail…   read more…,0,1360051.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Mother, Boyfriend Face Trial in Canton Toddler’s Death…

Written by Darrell Clem

Observer Staff Writer

6:45 PM, Nov. 29, 2012

MICHIGAN – Months before toddler Silas Rodgers suffered a deadly overdose of Suboxone, his mother found him with a pill in his mouth and took him to a medical facility for treatment, Wright testified….   read more…

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Judge: “Man Up, Deal With Your Problem”…

Roger Dupuis

Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

November 29, 2012, 5:54 a.m.

After being arrested Oct. 31, Mr. Simmons tested positive for THC, a chemical component in marijuana, as well as cocaine and Suboxone, which is used for opioid dependency treatment. Later, in county jail, Mr. Simmons was recorded yelling at his girlfriend for not sending him money for Suboxone. “Man up, deal with your problem,” the judge said…   read more:,0,2692554.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Mom sold drugs with 3-year-old in her car…

By Robyn Keriazes

November 28, 2012 2:00 AM

EXETER — A 29-year-old Exeter mother had her 3-year-old child with her while selling narcotics to undercover agents, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office alleges…   …Kashian allegedly gave Wickson Suboxone in exchange for a substance purported to be heroin….  read more…

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Local Man Killed in Pa. Crash…

Brandy Brubaker

The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.

November 28, 20124:14 a.m.

Police said DeLeon was not wearing a seatbelt and tested positive for opioids. Paugh said DeLeon had been prescribed Suboxone, a medication used to help treat heroin addiction, and she believes that is what caused the positive screening…    read more:,0,4579455.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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School Aide Had Drugs…

Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va.

November 27, 2012, 3:54 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The officer then searched her purse and found two blue and white packages of Suboxone, which is used to treat opium dependence. Lively told troopers she is addicted to the pills and bought them off the street…  read more:,0,11227.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Everett Drug Dealer Carrying Steak Knife in Somerville…

By Auditi Guha

Wicked Local Somerville

Posted Nov 08, 2012 @ 03:20 PM

SOMERVILLE – An undercover officer reportedly made arrangements to meet Gallagher to buy some Suboxone pills. At about 2 p.m., they met outside a liquor store on McGrath Highway and the officer reportedly bought 10 orange colored pills from Gallagher for $150…   read more:

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Baby Boy Dies; Was Given Pills as a Toy…


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:

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Priest on leave after police file drug charges…

By Michael Shepherd

Staff Writer

Nov. 14, 2012

Updated: 2:38 PM

BREMEN — A priest serving St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Augusta has been placed on administrative leave after police charged him and two inmates with trafficking drugs at a county jail. Foote and the two inmates were arrested Nov. 1 on charges that they trafficked the drug Suboxone…    read more:

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Teen Girl, Men Charged With Dealing Drugs…

By Jason Claffey

November 13, 2012

EXETER – Holloway was charged with two counts of dealing Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction. Oliver was charged with dealing and possessing heroin. Bouchard was charged with two counts of dealing heroin. All of the charges are felonies…   read more:

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Inmate charged with smuggling drugs into Dukes County Jail…

By Steve Myrick

November 7, 2012

MARTHA’S VINEYARD – Mr. Fogg stated that he would be withdrawing from the meds, so he originally brought them in for his own use, but when transferred to the general population on Sunday, September 30, 2012, he gave many other inmates some of the Suboxone. When asked as to how he smuggled the drugs into the facility, Mr. Fogg stated ‘in my rectum.'”…   read more:

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Cheshire County Indictments…

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Nov 8, 2012.

By Danielle Rivard Sentinel Staff

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Ciana, of 34 Sugar Hill Road, was indicted on two counts of selling marijuana, two counts of being an accomplice to the sale of marijuana, attempting to sell marijuana and possession of Buprenorphine, according to court documents…   read more:

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Citizen tips on area drug sales lead to heroin arrest…

Friday, November 9, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

McHENRY – Deputies pulled over a blue 2006 Chevrolet Canyon driven by O’Keefe and seized about 6.8 grams of heroin, six Suboxone pills, multiple drug paraphernalia, the vehicle, and $202…    read more:

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Man, inmate arrested for bringing drugs into Cayuga County Jail

November 08, 2012

The Citizen staff

AUBURN, NY – After an investigation, officers discovered Gilfus allegedly gave Sheppard-Kline Suboxone, a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat drug addiction or chronic pain…   read more:

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Man and woman had sex with 14 year old in exchange for drugs…


Staff Writer

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NASHUA – Paul E. Caya, of 34 Jefferson St., indicted on one count of sale of a controlled drug, Suboxone, and one count of possession of a controlled drug, Suboxone. Police say Caya and an adult woman had sex with a 14-year-old girl in exchange for drugs…    read more:

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2 women and a man charged in string of burglaries…

Published: Friday, September 28, 2012, 5:02 PM

By Frank Donnelly

Staten Island Advance

NEW YORK – Inside a nightstand, cops found a sandwich bag containing marijuana, and also discovered nine pills of the opiate Buprenorphine, said court papers…   read more:

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Last Week in Police Mug Shots…

By Justin Saglio

October 16, 2012

WATERTOWN, MA – After a motor vehicle stop, officers arrested Paul Mullen, 20, from 36 Laurel St. in Watertown and charged him with possession of a class B drug (Suboxone) driving with a suspended license and motor vehicle brakes violation…   read more:

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Berwick police charge four with drug offenses…

By Oliver Jenkins

Saturday, November 3, 2012

BERWICK, MAINE – Jamie Bohan, 29, of Somersworth, N.H. was found to be in possession of Suboxone and $709 in U.S. currency, according to police. She was charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled W drug, Suboxone…    read more:

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Somerville man busted after trading drugs for copper…

By Auditi Guha

Wicked Local Somerville

Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Ten and a half Suboxone pills, two Alprazolam pills, a marijuana cigarette, loose marijuana leaves, $762 in cash and a box of copper were seized as evidence, according to the report…    read more:

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Braintree man arrested after stabbing…

By Bob Aicardi

GateHouse News Service

Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 01:53 PM

Braintree – Lemar M. Lugo, 23, of Braintree was arrested shortly after noon Oct. 30 and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly stabbed a 36-year-old Braintree man outside a Braintree Village apartment building.

Brian K. Quinn, 32, of Quincy was with Lugo at the time of the alleged assault and arrested on an unrelated drug charge for the alleged possession of two Suboxone pills…   read more:

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Trio accused of stealing baby formula, endangering children…


Staff Writer

Friday, July 6, 2012

SALEM – Baga is charged with criminal liability for conduct of another, possession of Suboxone, lorazepam and Clonazepam, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said…    read more:

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Domestic call ends in drug arrest…

Marjorie Nesin

Gloucester Daily Times, Mass.

October 6, 2012, 1:44 a.m.

GLOUCESTER – Police said that Couchon had a “long violent criminal history in and out of state.” When police arrested Couchon, they confiscated a gun lock and a pill bottle for prescription Suboxone…    read more:,0,2051981.story

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Manchester police charge two women with prostitution…

Wednesday, October 03, 2012



MANCHESTER, NH – She was also found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a Suboxone pill. Dansereau was charged with Prostitution and Possession of a Controlled Drug…   read more:

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Nashua police charge two with heroin sales near schools…


Friday, October 26, 2012

NASHUA – Fernandez-Perez was charged with unlawful sale of heroin – second offense, unlawful sale of heroin, possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute-second offense/school zone, possession of Suboxone – second offense and possession of Clonazepam-second offense, police said…    read more:

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In trial of accused child killer, defense attorney questions witness’ motives…

Jim Balloch

Knoxville News Sentinel

October 25, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

TENNESSEE – The witness, Branam’s cousin, Michael Stinnett, stood by his account of events that led police to charge Branam with murder and child abuse in the death of 18-month-old Brooklyn Stinnett. Stinnett said all three of them used the sedative drug Suboxone…   read more:,0,2890177.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Delray man stole brother’s identity…

By Ed Komenda, Sun Sentinel

October 24, 2012, 3:48 p.m.

FLORIDA – The prescriptions included 225 sheets of Suboxone, 135 1 mg Clonazepan pills, 60 0.5 mg Clonazepam pills, 60 Hydrocodone pills, 110 Buprenorphine pills, 30 Alprazolam pills and 15 Temazepan pills…   read more:,0,7007724.story

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Man charged after hitting pedestrian with motorcycle…

By Katie Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer

Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

MARYLAND – King allegedly admitted to using Suboxone and Xanax earlier in the day. Deputies said they later discovered King had left his 2-year-old daughter home alone in a playpen while he went for a ride on his mother’s motorcycle. King was arrested and charged with confining an unattended child, neglect of a minor, possession of CDS and various traffic charges, including driving while impaired by CDS…    read more:

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Worcester Superior Court…

Judge Daniel M. Wrenn

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

WORCESTER, MASS – He was sentenced to 2 concurrent terms of 1 day in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute…    read more:

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Traffic Violation Pat Down Results in Drug Arrest…

Ronica Shannon

Richmond Register

Aug 16, 2012 

RICHMOND – After making contact with the driver, officers conducted a pat down and located several hydrocodone pills in his pants pocket. Officers also found a Suboxone sublingual film…   read more:

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2 Charged With Burglary and Assault on Staten Island’s South Shore…

Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:25 AM

By John M. Annese

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Ms. Roloph sat in a car, acting as a lookout, while Petrozziello pulled a screen off a side window, went inside, and stole cash, Klonopin and Suboxone, court papers allege…    read more:

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FTPD Arrest Resident On Multiple Drug Charges…

By Alli Mechanic

5:58 am

FREEHOLD – According to the complaint warrant, Archer was found to be in possession of 19 pills of cyclobenzaprine, 26 decks of heroin, one Suboxone pill, and one pill of provigil. Archer is also accused of possessing a hallowed out pen which police consider a device used to ingest controlled dangerous substances…    read more:

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Car Problems Lead to Police Woes for Trio…

Tri-Town News

October 24, 2012

NEW JERSEY- Jackson police Lt. Steve Laskiewicz said the officers recovered a “glass pipe … commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, a hypodermic syringe, a marijuana grinder, and a quantity of sublingual Suboxone….”    read more:

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Reckitt’s Suboxone Strategy Really About Patients Or Profits?


10/12/2012 @ 5:13PM

Ed Silverman, Contributor

“They have known for years that a generic tablet could destroy their golden calf — and Suboxone is Reckitt Benckiser, from an earnings standpoint. If they do not destroy the tablet, it destroys them…    read more:

Petition Here: RB Petition

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2 Pharmacies Held Up For Drugs…

Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 10:26 AM

By John M. Annese

Staten Island Advance

NEW YORK – He made off with oxycodone, Suboxone, which is used to treat addiction to opioid and heroin addiction, and alprazolam, the generic name for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, according to police…   read more:

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Marijuana, heroin lead to man’s arrest…

October 23, 2012

By Jasmine Rogers

The Marietta Times

OHIO – Joseph A. Anderson, 25, of 1954 State Route 83, was arrested around 5 p.m. for a second-degree felony charge of having a hidden compartment, a third-degree felony charge of possession of heroin and misdemeanor charges of possession of Suboxone and possession…   read more:–heroin-lead-to-man-s-arrest.html?nav=5002

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2 Doctors Suspended, Fined Over Subutex Prescriptions for Patients…

By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent

Published on Sep 21, 2012

Another two doctors have been taken to task for the lax prescription of Subutex, a medication used to wean addicts off Heroin, but which can itself become addictive…    read more:

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Putnam Man Charged With Drug Possession…

Mid-Hudson News

October 7, 2012

PUTNAM VALLEY – Deputies stopped the car which was driving erratically on Wood Street in Putnam Valley and found the driver, identified as Andrew Elliot, 26, in possession of two plastic bags containing cocaine. They also found two packets of Suboxone, 145 packets of heroin and…    read more:

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Massena couple charged after 2-year-old swallows suboxone pill…


FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

MASSENA – Court documents indicated tests run by the hospital had revealed the child had Suboxone in her system when she arrived at the hospital…    read more:

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Cesar Publishes Report Warning of Emerging Epidemic of Buprenorphine Misuse…


March 5, 2012

Vol. 21, Issue 9

Emerging Epidemic of Buprenorphine Nisuse… read more: Here

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Four Arrested in Drug Bust…

Katie Sullivan

The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.

October 19, 2012, 3:04 a.m.

PENNSYLVANIA – Police then searched a room at the Rodeway Inn in Moosic, rented by a passenger’s girlfriend, and discovered 93 bags of heroin, seven bags of cocaine, 16 Endocet tablets, one oxycodone pill, two Suboxone films and a small amount of marijuana…   read more:,0,6714647.story?track=rss-topicgallery

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Alleged Hate Crime Victim Gives Emotional Testimony…

Joe P. Asher

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Ky.

October 19, 20126:24 a.m.

KENTUCKY – Pennington testified he was originally prescribed Suboxone as part of his treatment for a morphine addiction, but his prescription ran out after 15 days. Pennington later began purchasing Suboxone illegally when he…   read more:,0,2670841.story?page=1&logout=true&track=rss-topicgallery

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Local Doctor Accused of Exchanging Drugs for Sex Permanently Surrenders Medical License…

September 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM

by Gant Team

Dr. Thomas Radecki of Clarion had offices in DuBois, Clarion, Kane and Seneca. Radecki prescribed Suboxone and Subutex to his patients…    read more:

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Natick Man Charged With Selling Heroin After Overdose Call…

By Brad Petrishen/Daily News staff

The MetroWest Daily News

Posted Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

NATICK – They also found more than 30 pills, and charged Ferraro with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, buprenorphine hydrochloride (a painkiller), Suboxone (used to treat opiate addiction), lorazapam (anti-anxiety medication), alprazolam (anti-anxiety medication), clonidine hydrochlroide (high blood pressure/ADHD medication) and trazadone hydrochlroide (anti-depressant)…    read more:

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Suboxone: What’s Next For Clarion County?

Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Aaron confirms that both suboxone and subutex have been for sale on the street and purchased routinely by the drug task force. “Depending on the dealer, the street value for Suboxone bills is between $20 and $30 through buys made by the Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET),” said CNET director William Peck IV,  “Most sellers seemed to be getting the drugs by selling their own script.”   read more:

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