Prescribing Suboxone Should Not Cause Distaste Amongst Doctors
According to this article, doctors not prescribing Suboxone is hindering the fight against the opioid epidemic. Then, why are doctors averse to prescribing life saving therapy? With so many benefits to suboxone treatment, why won’t more doctors get involved?
There is a lack of understanding.
Unfortunately, many doctors do not understand the patients who suffer from addiction. While they may imagine their medical offices being flooded with drug abusers, doctors may be surprised to see who is affected by opioid use disorder.
It could be their next door neighbor.
If only more doctors knew that opioid addiction can affect anyone. It could be their child’s school teacher, a colleague, a family member. Opioid addiction is everywhere. The opioid epidemic does not discriminate. In fact, opiate addiction can affect the most intelligent, creative, and productive members of society.
Learning to have empathy, caring and compassion.
Many doctors may look at a person in front of them in the exam room with disgust. The patient is dishonest and harms their own health by taking street drugs. I hope that more doctors can put these feelings aside and come to an understanding that the person in front of them is another human being. Addiction is not a moral failing. It is truly a disease. The behavior is merely a symptom. With treatment, the patient will get better.
Many lives are on the line.
The black market pain pills being sold on the streets look like legitimate pharmaceuticals, but they are not. These are fake pills, pressed by drug dealers, containing fentanyl and other dangerous street drugs. Additionally, dealers are cutting heroin with fentanyl and carfentanil (carfentanyl). Hence, today’s street opiates and opioids are highly lethal. Yet, active addiction drives an addicted person to take these drugs, risking their life. Doctors have the tools to help put a stop to this insanity.
Serving the underserved.
First, we must identify the areas of the country that have limited numbers of physicians who are able and willing to prescribe Suboxone. Next, it would be a good idea to offer incentives to doctors with experience in treating addiction to relocate. Additionally, we need more doctors to join in and help to fight the war against the opioid epidemic.