According to the January 2003 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Report published by SAMHSA’s OAS, the incidence of abuse of prescription opioid pain medications (also known as narcotics) such as hydrocodone, oxycontin, Lortab, narco, and percocet, among others, has risen markedly in recent years (Crane 2003). From 1994 to 2001, there was a 117% increase in emergency room visits related to opioid abuse. According to the DAWN Mortality Data Report for 2002 (SAMHSA 2002), hydrocodone ranked among the 10 most common drugs related to deaths in 18 cities. Oxycodone ranked among the 10 most common drugs related to deaths in 19 cities, including Philadelphia (88), Baltimore (34), Boston (34), Phoenix (34), and Miami (28).
Examples of opioids are: Painkillers such as; morphene, hydrocodone,, and oxycodone. Heroin is also an opioid and is illegal.
Opioid drugs sold under brand names include: oxycontin, percocet, vicoden, percodan, and demerol among others.
Drugs that are not opioids are: Cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, GHB, Ketamine, other club drugs, or steroids.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR OPIATE ADDICTION
Until the introduction of buprenorphine in 2004, there were few choices for detoxing from opioid medications. They were Methadone maintenance, inpatient hospitalization, or “cold turkey”
At Medical Detox Center, we use Suboxone for treatment of Opiate Addiction
SUBOXONE is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. SUBOXONE also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions.
The primary active ingredient in SUBOXONE is buprenorphine.
Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. SUBOXONE also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist.
SUBOXONE at the appropriate dose may be used to:
Suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Decrease cravings for opioids
Reduce illicit opioid use
Block the effects of other opioids
Help patients stay in treatment
Acceptance for Suboxone Treatment
Not everyone is a candidate for Suboxone treatment. Some of the criteria are:
Must be 18 years old or older
Women must not be pregnant
Persons with certain medical conditions may not be appropriate
Current usage of certain medications
Must be willing to contract for two months, including contracting for random drug screens
Health care professionals may be accepted if in compliance with state regulations
We do not file insurance for the Medical Detox Clinic. However, if you do have insurance, you may use it for Suboxone and other prescribed medications.