How long are you going to take that stuff?

I have produced a few educational items, and I sell themt priced at a small fraction of the street cost of one tablet of oxycodone.  All proceeds go toward the support of this web site, the forum, and other educational efforts.  The most popular item is the e-book called ‘User’s Guide to Buprenorphine.’  You can get a sneak peak at the inside of the book at Amazon.  I receive good feedback about the e-book but the most ‘successful’ recording has been the one entitled ‘How long are you going to take that stuff.’  The recording is designed for parents, spouses, or children of opiate addicts who take buprenorphine;  especialy for those family members who don’t quite ‘get it,’ who ask the title question every week or so.
I have had several patients tell me that their loved ones changed their tone after listening to the recording, in which I explain the basics of opiate dependence and tell the listener why it is often in a person’s best interest to stay on buprenorphine for an extended period of time.  I have also received comments in e-mails from people who had similar success with the recordings.  If you have a close friend or loved one who means well, but who just doesn’t understand the point of buprenorphine, consider turning him/her on to the recording.  Check out the other recordings as well, and thanks in advance for your support.
JJ

One thought on “How long are you going to take that stuff?”

  1. It is not just friends and loved ones, unfortunately. I had been on methadone 160 mg per day (religiously) for the previous 12 years when I decided to switch to suboxone. I took a month to decrease to 30 mg methadone, while simultaneously finding a doc who hadn’t reached his “quota” of 100. After a rather difficult additional month, I finally stabilized on 16 mg daily suboxone. On my FIRST refill visit to the sub doc , he dutifully informed me that, ” you know you are on the equivalent of 12 lorcets a day don’t you?,” upon which I repeated my history to him, and expressed anxiety as to the drift of the conversation. He seemed totally perplexed and stated that he “owed” it to me as a “human being” to get me totally off opioids. And said that he didn’t understand why anybody wouldn’t want to be “off that stuff”. I guess I should have been suspicious on the first visit, when he demonstrated that he was unaware of the existance of more than one type of opioid receptor, or that butorphanol was partially antagonistic to the major (mu) receptor. He said that the naloxone was the sole perpetrator of the induced withdrawal symptoms that can occur. On the plus side,I feel much better on suboxone than on methadone,and he has graciously decided to give me “six months” before involuntarily stepping me down. I think he may have slept through his mandatory 8 hour course. But I AM in Alabama.

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