SUBOXONE: OVERDOSE PROOF?
Suboxone is one of those strange drugs used to treat addictions to other drugs, but to which a person can in turn become addicted as they withdrawal from more powerful drugs. This begs the question: can you overdose on Suboxone?
The drugs that Suboxone combats are usually opioids such as fentanyl, OxyContin, heroin and other powerful opioids.
What makes Suboxone nearly addiction proof itself is the fact the drug contains naloxone, which is used to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing or loss of consciousness. Naloxone is also used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.
With its blocking abilities, naloxone fools the brain into thinking the receptors are receiving the feel-good drug that opioids provide when in fact they are not.
Given what Suboxone made with naloxone can do to the withdrawal symptoms of a drug like heroin, there’s no wonder one would have a difficult time getting high or even overdosing on a drug like Suboxone.
Because Suboxone is designed with opioid-resistant properties, if Suboxone is recreationally taken on its own, it’s virtually impossible to take advantage of the drug’s own opioid properties.
So the question comes, can you overdose on Suboxone? With no way to allow an opioid to create the side effects usually associated with opioid use, a Suboxone/naloxone combination would be very difficult to get stoned from, let alone overdose from.
WHY DOES IT MATTER THAT ONE CAN’T OVERDOSE ON SUBOXONE?
For recent opioid abusers, the Suboxone/naloxone combination offers a safe alternative to methadone, a drug that was predominantly used to treat opioid addiction up until naloxone’s approval in 2015. With opioid addictions, methadone was the only drug available for treatment of opioid withdrawals.
The problem with methadone was how with such ease a person could become addicted to the drug.
It was for this reason that Suboxone was created as a non-addictive substance that could treat much of the same addictions as methadone.
Plus, the drug was safe enough that it could be administered without a doctor’s or addiction expert’s presence. One could literally take the drug at home, while methadone required an ex-user to make a trip to a rehab facility for each dose they needed.
Safer, easier to take, and less involvement by medical professionals has made Suboxone an increasingly popular treatment among those in the rehab world.
HOW DO YOU TREAT A POTENTIAL SUBOXONE OVERDOSE?
Though rare, Suboxone-based overdoses can occur if a person forces enough of the medication into themselves. Consider these signs if an Suboxone overdose is thought to have occurred in a friend, loved one, or even yourself:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Extreme drowsiness
- Blurry vision
- Slowed breathing
- Physical collapse
- Stopped breathing
If any of these symptoms are seen in a patient, immediately seek out emergency medical help. Most emergency rooms have supplies of naloxone for emergency overdoses.
Believe it or not, one the best places to still overcome a drug habit is a rehabilitation center. Particularly with a complicated addiction like Suboxone, a rehabilitation center will be able to administer medical care to you if it is needed.
A rehabilitation center will also follow up with you once you do overcome your Suboxone addiction. A qualified rehab center will not only help get you on the road to recovery, it will also pair you up with like-minded individuals who also want to recover.
Remember, no one addiction is alike. Be aware of yours, learn from it by getting the help you need.
And please, forget about the fact Suboxone is a difficult drug to get hooked on. Most drugs have addiction properties, and for as helpful as Suboxone can be (or, really, any drug can be), there is also the dark and dreary side of this drug for which help is available should you need it.
If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with opioid abuse, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.
Can You Overdose on Suboxone?