First Posted 3/24/2014
I recently came across the blog of a person who has dedicated his life to trashing buprenorphine treatment. I won’t provide the name or link, as I don’t want to waste my own ‘page rank’ on supporting his misplaced anger. But I suspect many readers of my blog have stumbled across that one as well, given the similarity of our keywords. His blog doesn’t contain personal comments, I suppose because there are only so many ways to say ‘darn that Suboxone’. Instead he auto-posts stories from across the country from newsfeeds, with keyword combinations of ‘Suboxone’ or ‘buprenorphine’ plus ‘robbery’, or ‘death’, or ‘overdose’, or ‘real bad person.’ I made the last one up, but you get the idea.
The person lost his son several years ago, a tragedy that would usually keep me from adding my own commentary. But in the several years since his son’s death, he has written a number of diatribes on other anti-buprenorphine web sites. In other words, he has contributed to the deaths of enough young people that by now, counterpoints are long overdue.
In his ‘about me’ section, he writes that his son took Suboxone for about 18 months, and died over two years after stopping buprenorphine/Suboxone. He explains, in twisted logic, how the death is not the fault of his son’s drug addiction, or the drug dealers, or easy prescribing of prescription opioids or diversion of opioid agonists, or poppy policy in Afghanistan… but because of Suboxone.