America’s Suboxone Aversion

Despite an overwhelming consensus that prompt, medication-based treatment reduces opioid deaths, such medications are hard to come by in America—and not because they doesn’t exist.

To prescribe Suboxone—which reduces heroin cravings—US doctors must take an 8-hour class. Only about 5% of doctors nationwide have done so.

After France allowed all primary care doctors to prescribe Suboxone, heroin overdose deaths dropped 79% in 4 years.

So why the aversion in America? Much of it comes down to stigma, Khazan writes. But for some doctors who do prescribe Suboxone, Khazan writes, ”treating heroin users became the most rewarding part of their jobs.”

The Atlantic

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