“Suboxone is made up of two different compounds that help treat people with opioid dependencies,” says Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). “The first, buprenorphine, helps people with withdrawal symptoms, and the second, naloxone, blocks opioid receptors and reduces the likelihood that the drug will be misused.”
“Many people assume that the risks associated with opioid use refers to street drug users when in fact a significant portion of the people at risk are those who have been prescribed opioids for pain relief, often for many years, “says Dr. McDonald.
"And I was so done with being sick all the time. I had taken prescription methadone before to manage my pain, but I didn’t like the side effects. Also, since doctors need special authorization to prescribe it, I would have had to go to a different GP. So I decided to try Suboxone.”
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