“Doctors say Suboxone, a treatment drug prescribed to help people with opiate addictions, is highly effective if used correctly. However, some law enforcement agencies in Kentucky think Suboxone is being abused at a rate that has not been seen since the Oxycontin pill mills of years past.
Suboxone, the brand name for buprenorphine, is a schedule 3 narcotic that is regulated and lawful to obtain with a prescription. Police and some medical professionals in Kentucky say some doctors are handing out far too many prescriptions. Those clinics have raised concerns for police and other officials who want to get a handle on what could quickly become an epidemic.
“We had the pill mills when Oxycontin was so popular. You’d have people coming from different states, different counties, get there an hour before the clinic opened, long lines, people selling out in the parking lots and that’s what we’re seeing with Suboxone,” said Dan Smoot with High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, also known as HIDTA. “It’s being abused.”
Source: WKYT.com – July 10, 2015