Today, many opiate addicts turn to Suboxone (buprenorphine) to detox from heroin or other opiate based drugs like oxycodone. Suboxone has a great track record and has proven to be more effective than methadone when it comes to working a program of recovery. However, while Suboxone is considered to be a better choice than methadone, it too has its own side-effects and can be dangerous if used improperly. Due to a number cases of child poisoning makers of the drug have reformulated the medicine so that is safer.
Accidental pediatric exposure with Suboxone tablets was 7.8 to 8.5 times greater than Suboxone film, according to the U.S. Poison Control Centers.
At the recent New York Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting, Dr. Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, the Medical Director of Office-Based Opioid Therapy at Beth Israel Medical Center, explained that the new formulation is less dangerous being more difficult for children to get into the film strip packages.
“I think this will be a useful product in terms of reducing the diversion/misuse problem with buprenorphine,” Dr. Salsitz said. “It’s very much needed.”