Rand Paul Moves to Overthrow a Costly Federal Legislation Limiting Heroin and Opiate Addicts from Suboxone Treatment
Rand Paul is in the healm of Kentucky, fighting to raise the maximum allowance of suboxone prescriptions, imposed on doctors by federal law. The current maximum allocation of suboxone is merely 30 in their first year of prescribing the medication, and 100 for the subsequent year. These restrictions are intended to keep a potentially addictive opiate out of circulation within the populace- despite being a solution for heroin and opiate addicts.
Rand Paul is co-sponsoring new legislation bolstering maximum allocation to 500 prescriptions. WKMS quotes Rand Paul, “There is said to be a million patients who need to be treated but don’t have a doctor to go to because of this federal law limiting access.”
“[Government] didn’t want people to prescribe too many of the drug replacements, like the [pill mills], so they limit the number of patients. But as a consequence, they made the number small enough. And there aren’t many doctors treating heroin addicts that now there’s more heroin addicts than doctors,”
If the stats hold true, in 2012 “fewer than one-million” people who were in need of heroin addiction treatment were able to be admitted into suboxone programs; present federal restrictions were not entirely responsible in this case, but certainly contributed.
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When we consider the purpose of suboxone, which is to wean opiate and heroin addicts off of their substances of choice to again re-enter society and live productive lives without the debilitating effects and shadows of addiction- both physically and psychologically- limiting its access is entirely counter-intuitive
Mirroring the great pain pill debate, as those who are in genuine need of pain management may be denied such in light of the opiate epidemic. It’s an unfortunate toss up. In attempts to prevent substance use disorders we are literally eliminating rendering treatment to people who are in need- with only statistics against them.
Are we right in doing so if it’s for the greater good?
I might have been hasty to declare wholeheartedly prevention in this way is necessary to protect the populace from substance use disorders– but the reality isn’t so simple. The nature of suboxone is to help people with substance use disorders- it can’t do that if the people in need of it aren’t actually being prescribed the drug.
Learning from Example: Harbor Village’s Detox Program Ensures to Wean Clients Off of Opiates and Suboxone Before Entering Rehab
When abused, like any drug, suboxone may perpetuate addiction- akin to pain pills. Our true preventative means is education, before the onset of addiction. As for those already afflicted, we must become diligent in treating the entire spectrum, of the disease, not the mere physical aspects of addiction.
Learning how to cope, to pursue long seeded ambitions, and becoming self aware is the best medicine against addiction. However, it is impossible to get to this point without a measure of physical intervention, and the eventual weaning of potentially addictive opiates.
In our own drug and alcohol treatment programs during inpatient medical detox, we wean clients from all opiate based substances- including medications like suboxone. We are able to utilize the power of the medication, to help clients attain physical normalcy, but we are careful not to extend the use of the medication beyond reason.
We find this to be an ideal solution to a difficult situation.
Do you stand with Rand Paul, or do you believe the 30-100 cap is necessary?
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