The Suboxone Roller-coaster Is Not Approved by the FDA

The dangerous Suboxone Roller-coaster is gaining popularity

There is no real ride with this name, however it represents a trend that seems to be increasing among opiate addicts around the world.  This opiate ride is not approved by the FDA. It is not doctor approved. And even though the ride is dangerous it doesn’t stop addicts from living this thrill ride.

Subutex and Suboxone are medications approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. Both medicines contain the active ingredient, buprenorphine hydrochloride, which works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence.

What is the Suboxone Roller-coaster Ride?

It can be described in one paragraph.

When someone alternates between Suboxone & typical pain medications. They might start Suboxone Monday evening after a weekend binge on Oxycodone. They might also stop the Suboxone on Thursday in anticipation of another Oxycodone binge on the weekend. This is done with a dangerous disregard of the risks of Suboxone precipitated withdrawal. Precipitated withdrawal is dangerous and can occur when an opiate user takes Suboxone before the opiates are naturally eliminated from their body.

Why would someone do this?

The answer is very clear. It allows opiate addicts to maintain their habit with much less money than using typical opiates every day.

 

Alternating Suboxone (Buprenorphine Naloxone) with other narcotics is dangerous

You’ve all heard the expression, “Have your cake and eat it too”, right?  Well this is what I am referring to when I talk about alternating between Suboxone strips and typical opiate drugs.

The main driver for this disturbing trend is money. Opiates are very expensive to take on a regular basis. Once you become addicted then you must take opiates, otherwise you’ll feel bad withdrawal symptoms.

It costs hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to keep an opiate addict comfortable per month. Suboxone helps an addict reduce the monthly cost to keep withdrawal at bay. Suboxone also allows an addict to keep on partying, albeit the partying will be less often and less intense.

Which opiates are addicts taking with Suboxone?

  • Hydrocodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Hydrocodone-APAP)
  • Oxycodone (Oxy’s, Roxy’s, Blues, Blueberries, Percocet, Percs)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

 

Suboxone Precipitated Withdrawal – Fact or Fiction?

 

I have talked about Suboxone Precipitated Withdrawal before and suggested that it might be a myth perpetrated by the drug-industry to scare addicts into not alternating between Suboxone and other short acting opiates. You can read more about it in Suboxone Precipitated Withdrawal – Fact or Fiction.
Please remember that mixing Suboxone with other opiates, especially long lasting opiates such as Methadone is not only dangerous, it is downright deadly. I am basing this on what I’ve read and I believe it.

The Suboxone Roller-coaster saves the addict money

Typical street prices for 8mg Suboxone strips (buprenorphine naloxone) are similar to that of an Oxycodone 30 however the Suboxone lasts about six times as long. This unique combination has some resourceful addicts flirting with disaster and mixing the two to party with Oxy’s on the weekends and ride the Suboxone Roller-coaster during the week.

Dollars Per Hours – The Driving Factor

Drug Name & Strength Half Life Hours Street Price (Florida) Cost: Get High (subjective) Cost: Stop Withdrawal (subjective)
Oxycodone 30mg Tablet     6   $20   $80 / Day    $40 / Day
Hydrocodone 3 x 10mg Tablets     6   $18   $72 / Day    $36 / Day
Suboxone Tablet 8mg split evenly over four days    36   $18   n/a    $3 / Day
Suboxone Strips 8mg split evenly over four days    36   $18   n/a    $3 / Day

 

Dancing with the devil

I have heard far too many stories about addicts alternating between Suboxone and other narcotics to save money without giving up narcotics entirely. This is a disturbing trend. I don’t know what the long term effects of long term Suboxone use are but from what I have learned it doesn’t sound like a great idea. What do you think?

So many people playing the Suboxone game. I seem them party on Oxy 30’s occasionally and then ease into a softer Suboxone world where major withdrawal doesn’t hit until two to three days after your last dose.

Oxycodone is a habit that can, and does financially break a lot of people.

Suboxone, or Buprenorphine Naloxone on the other hand is relatively cheap. Suboxone maintenance doses can cost less than a lunch and hold off severe withdrawal for amazing lengths of time.

Let me know if you have heard about the Suboxone Roller-coaster ride. I would love to hear comments about this and see if it is a Florida trend, or something larger.

 

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