Treating Drug Addiction With Drugs

Some doctors say this medication will help addicts get off painkillers.

FOLEY, AL- A relatively new drug treatment plan that combines medicine with drug counseling appears to be helping countless addicts hooked on prescription painkillers.

The drug is called Suboxone and it fights narcotic addiction. Dr. Ron Lee, who specializes in pain management, says Suboxone takes away withdrawal symptoms.

“You’re off the narcotic pills and it does this without causing addiction to itself,” says Dr. Lee.

Opponents of Suboxone say the drug is a pacifier or an enabler and that the patient is only substituting one drug for another. Dr. Lee says that’s not true.

“People don’t crave Suboxone, I don’t have patients calling me saying they need a higher dose or more Suboxone,” says Lee.


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