Video: Experts Remain Divided Over Suboxone for Heroin

Video: Experts Remain Divided Over Suboxone for Heroin

By Kirwan Gray 07/21/11

Is buprenorphine the real thing, or just another drug of abuse?

Forty years after the introduction of methadone, experts are debating many of the same issues with buprenorphine. “Bupe” is bought and sold in some prisons as a drug of abuse, and even its advocates admit it has mild addictive potential.  But those who favor the approach say that if addiction is a neurobiological disease state, then opioid replacement therapy represents the best chance of success. KOB 4 TV in New Albuquerque, New Mexico, put together a debate on the subject: