Please note: ADS is not currently utilizing Suboxone since it is not yet paid for through our funding partners.
Please note that while ADS endorses and supports the use of Suboxone in addiction treatment, ADS is not currently utilizing Suboxone since it is not yet subsidized through our funding partners. However, this may change in the near future so please feel free to check back with us periodically.
Suboxone is a leading medication alternative in the treatment of opioid addiction. It became FDA-approved and available to the public in 2002 as a result of the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA 2000). DATA 2000 allowed qualified physicians to prescribe buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone) to individuals suffering with chronic opioid addiction. This provided a new alternative in medication-assisted treatment. Up until this time, methadone had been the only effective medication used for alleviating opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is a thin film combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that is placed under the tongue where it is dissolved and absorbed into the bloodstream. Buprenorphine is the opioid agonist which binds to the body’s opioid receptor cells and reduces or eliminates opiate withdrawal sickness like nausea, diarrhea, cramping, runny nose, and headache. Naloxone is the additive that discourages misuse of suboxone by causing withdrawal if the medication is injected. If suboxone is used as intended (dissolved under the tongue), the naloxone has no effect at all and the patient receives only the benefit of the buprenorphine component.
Presently, suboxone is more costly as a form of treatment than is methadone. It does provide extra convenience since patients can keep several weeks of medication on hand at home and are not required to report daily to a clinic for medication as is the case with methadone.
ADS presently utilizes methadone in its Greensboro Opioid Treatment Program since methadone is the most affordable option and has a history of years of proven effectiveness. Methadone treatment is also covered by Medicaid and State funding for qualifiying individuals.
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