There’s a Pill for That

There would appear to be an agenda out there to keep a segment of the population in an eternal zombie-like state. Each year, there are tens of thousands of prescriptions written for Suboxone (Bupenephrine) to treat opiate addiction. Suboxone is a partial-agonist. It works by blocking the dopamine receptors that would otherwise be the active neurotransmitter to receive the opiates. To simplify the concept, if a drug user wanted to get high, they couldn’t, and if they took Suboxone while on drugs, they would go into immediate withdrawals.

These prescriptions are written by certified doctors who accept cash only to prescribe the drug. In turn, these patients are going to now be hooked on this new form of Methadone. Some might argue that this is a good thing that these drug users will no longer be on drugs. The problem with this is, is that the half-life of these drugs is a lot longer than heroin or oxycodone, the drugs that the users were once on. This means that it is a lot harder to get off of Suboxone then it is to detox from heroin.

If one were to do an online search for an opiate detox, they would find that roughly half of the online searches came back with the search term ‘Suboxone withdrawal.’ There are thousands of blog posts in which people are seeking advice on how to get off of these drugs. The topic of half-life comes up often. The average heroin withdrawal lasts between 5-7 days. There isn’t a clear consensus of how long it takes to get off of Suboxone (users rarely do; Doctors are prescribing the drug for life now), but the range is somewhere between 12-18 days of acute opiate withdrawal. Although this might not sound like such a big stretch, opiate withdrawal is a very uncomfortable experience, to put it mildly. Having to go through an extra 5-10 days of detox is almost surely a recipe for failure. Which is why getting off of the drug is fairly uncommon. Keep in mind that this is a drug that is not necessary to keep most patients alive. After breaking a drug user’s habit of getting high, the now ex-drug addict should theoretically go on to live a normal productive life. But that isn’t what happens. Most patients will either relapse once they can’t get the drug anymore or they will stay on it for life. Aside from the fact that they are now hooked on this medication, insurance companies now stop paying for the drug after a certain period of time, and this is a very expensive drug. Although it might be cheaper than heroin, the user will now be dependent on this drug.

Here is the bottom line. According to PBS, there are 2.3 million Americans addicted to opiates. That is the same number as inmates in the US prison population according to the NAACP. If the higher powers that be can’t put the people in prison, they may as well imprison their minds.