If you read all the headlines, you see articles in every media stream about all the opioid abuse that surrounds us. It’s no wonder that big pharmaceutical companies try to assist us in continuing that addiction through the use of prescription drugs. The research departments from pharmaceutical companies take drugs from illegal drugs lists and try to alter the chemical structure for their benefit. The attempt is to try to treat pain management while limiting side effects.
Let’s take for example Butorphanol, which is a synthetic opioid that was originally used in prescription form before becoming generic. This derivative of opium is known as stadol nasal spray and is used to treat migraines in humans. Along the way, scientists determined that Butorphanol was better suited for veterinary use under the name Torbutrol. Torbutrol for dogs was tested and found to relieve chronic coughing. Since it was as effective in humans, our pets enjoyed the synthetic opioid. Thanks to this method, there is a large opiates list with its derivatives.
What do you do when all the possible derivatives have been developed. Create a treatment for the side effects that are associated with opioid prescription drug abuse of course. That is where Suboxone has come into use. Suboxone is a combination drug of bupenorphrine which is an opioid and naloxone which is a drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines. What better way to have a constant flow of patients than to treat them with opioid derivatives and once addicted, treat them with an anti-opioid medication.
Here is the catch though. Using Suboxone results in a patient getting what is called a suboxone high before being treated for addiction. How long does suboxone last you may ask? It is only for a few hours which seems to lessen the side effects of opioid abuse withdrawal. Once the effects wear off, you will experience symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, sweating, increased blood pressure, tremulousness, seizures and depression from losing that high.
If we take this one step further, police departments around the country are getting Narcam (naloxone) in injection forms to treat opioid overdoses. This is a treatment of last resort before death in the event that medical personnel can’t reach you in time. I know that some addicts might see this as a second or third chance at opioid addiction. But if you get to this stage, is life really worth living?