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    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Why Making Buprenorphine Opioid-Based Medication Available without a Prescription Could Save Lives

  1. The current opioid epidemic is tragic, and ameliorating the suffering involved without is daunting. Yet, Medicated Assisted Therapy is not the only way to recover from the hopeless state of mind and body associated with opioid addiction; and as someone who has first hand experience, I can say that suboxone is a much harder and longer detox than heroin. While the medical establishment heavily advocates for the use of suboxone, many in the field of recovery speak to its dangers, notably the continuation of a dependence to opioids with no real protocol for detox. Abstinent based methods, as the article shows, receive incredible stigma from treatment field, and the practitioners prescribing suboxone have huge financial incentives to do so. Also there many opioid users who only use subxone, and the idea that this drug would be not be mis-managed in a over the counter form is laughable. Arguing for safe injection sites, where users are contained and can use their drugs safely is a far better use of policy making time.

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