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NPR
1 week ago

To prescribe buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, doctors must undergo 8 hours of training and can only prescribe the drug to 30 patients at a time.

That's made it difficult to access the drug for patients seeking treatment. https://n.pr/2z8z8WN 

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Buprenorphine saved my life.

    Buprenorphine saved my life.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    In NY, acc to @samhsagov only 1,082 MD’s have this waiver - to be able to treat a maximum of 30 patients with suboxone (buprenorphine). Only 139 MD’s in NY can treat up to 100 patients. There are almost 100,000 MD’s in NY.

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  • Replying to @Outnerdingyou @NPR @samhsagov

    Yet pharmacies in W. Virginia can fill prescriptions for Oxycontin and Oxycodone by the 100 thousands without scrutiny by the DEA. There's days I wonder if much of this country didn't suffer a blow to the head.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Addicted to drugs? Here take more drugs.

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  • Replying to @Dkaz006_RS @NPR

    It’s a lot better than the alternative.

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  • Replying to @davidthekick @Dkaz006_RS @NPR

    The conspiracy theorist in me believes that this is all orchestrated by the pharmaceutical companies to make even more money

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Because the doctors are more concerned about public image than about the quantity or quality of their efforts. And because (for whatever reason worthy of a conspiracy theory), we have regulated that they aren't allowed to treat more patients.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Indivior used the program “to connect patients to doctors it knew were prescribing Suboxone and other opioids to more patients than allowed by federal law, at high doses, and in a careless and clinically unwarranted manner.”

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  • Replying to @MommaJacy @NPR

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikakelton/2019/07/17/what-reckitts-14-billion-settlement-says-about-the-pharma-industry/#2f3faf6d5e1e 

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  • Replying to @NPR

    It also helps mask the symptoms of w/d and many clinicians don’t recommend b/c w/most patients it does little to deter relapse. (Not all, but most). Part of getting sober is going thru w/d, feeling that and dealing w/that w/out any physical aid, b/c they need to learn coping.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    This number goes up after one year, then again every year following. However, I’m not sure about the cap. Regardless, more providers need the capability to prescribe Bup and Sub. (clinical provider in the field)

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  • Replying to @NPR

    I have walked thru the process of seeing my child early teen diagnosed with clinical depression, at 18 she stopped taking meds.For three terrible years she battled heroin and alcohol abuse. She is just arriving to her three year mark of sobriety with methadone bc of access of use

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  • Replying to @MariaKChica @NPR

    We tried suboxone a couple of years into her addiction. But she wasn’t ready to be sober yet. And it was crazy expensive and had to be prescribed by her psychiatrist, who she grew to distrust.

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