Teen Girl Raped by Drug Dealer While Dad Waits in Car

A 16-year-old girl who says she had her dad drive her to buy heroin says she was raped by the dealer, while her dad waited outside in the car. The girl told police she had asked her dad to give her a ride to a “friend’s house.” Here dad was suspicious and told her “if she wasn’t out in one … Read More

Series: 10 Things You Should Know About Methadone (Number 1)

If you or somebody you love is opiate dependent, it’s important that you know about methadone. I say that not because I think methadone is the best treatment for everybody, but because it is an important option to understand if you care about informed treatment decisions. 1.  Methadone is a medication used to treat opiate dependence Methadone is a treatment … Read More

Suboxone Patients Not Sick, Not Craving, Not High…Just Normal

If you talk to people who have prescribed Suboxone, you may hear them say that there is a “blocker” in Suboxone that prevents them from feeling high if they use opiates such as Oxycontin or heroin. Suboxone is a medication used to treat opiate dependence.  Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.  Many people are under the impression that … Read More

Pregnant, Jailed and Denied Prescribed Suboxone

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young, pregnant woman in Montana who was jailed and denied her prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) putting her health and pregnancy at serious risk.  See a video interview of the young woman, her name is Bethany Cajune, and her lawyers below. I think it’s interesting that the ACLU chose to frame … Read More

Feds Lift Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange

The decades old ban on federal funding for syringe access programs for injection drug users has finally been lifted. Syringe exchange has been shown to reduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C without increasing drug use, injection drug use, or improper disposal of used syringes.  Syringe exchange programs also function as a bridge to treatment.  Syringe access programs are … Read More

Focus on Safety

“Whether or not you use today, your focus should be on safety.” For most people, recovery means abstinence from the use of alcohol or other drugs. I think this is true of most drug treatment providers.  And I think it is true of most family members and friends of people who have a history of opiate use.  It is even … Read More