Prescription drugs that are normally sold over the counter are being abused now, more than ever before, in the United States. This trend is on the rise and is more common with the youth in most parts of the country. Suboxone is one such drug that is being abused by many people despite the fact that it is used to treat opiate addictions.
This drug is actually an opiate and it is usually prescribed in order to relieve the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Suboxone works in such a manner that it alleviates all of these symptoms with the use of its main ingredient, commonly known as buprenorphine.
There are many people who are prescribed opiates and they gradually slip from using it to abusing it. The opiates that this drug is normally used in are Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin and heroin. Another substance that is also found in this drug is naloxone, which manufacturers say helps to prevent the user from abusing it.
However, law enforcement agents and doctors have registered a growing number of reported cases of Suboxone abuse. Another fact that has also been recorded is that most of the people that abuse this drug also abuse other illicit drugs.
This means that they only need to use Suboxone as a secondary drug in order to supplement the high that they receive from the main one. In most cases, this drug is purchased over the counter with the doctor’s prescription.
The ease in availability of this drug has also been blamed for its rampant abuse since most abusers just forge prescription documentation in order to acquire the drug.
On the other hand, Suboxone is also a drug that is sold on the black market which also increases its abuse. However, selling this drug on the black market is illegal and attracts hefty charges when prosecuted. Abusers of Suboxone usually combine it with other drugs, mainly benzodiazepines. These are drugs which normally include: tranquilizers, sleeping pills, alcohol, Klonopin and most other opiates.
It is, however, very dangerous to mix these drugs because the side effects can be very serious and even fatal in some instances. When these drugs are mixed together, the person abusing them normally feels severe drowsiness, sedation and unconsciousness that can lead to death.
When people are abusing this drug, they normally crush it and then inject it into their bodies instead of swallowing it as prescribed. This is in a bid to experience the rush of effects that it produces to the body. However, this is a very dangerous way of administering the drug because of the dangerous consequences that are associated with it.
Suboxone actually belongs in the category of partial agonist, which means that it is less likely to be abused since the dependence that it creates is relatively low. This is mainly why it is not abused as much as heroin, which is a full agonist and has a higher level of creating dependence as well as abuse.