Archives for September, 2012

Addiction

Put Me In, Coach!

This morning, as I read the latest stories about opioid overdose deaths, I was struck by a common thread in most of the tragic stories.  One report after another had phrases like ‘she was in and out of treatment for years’ or ‘he died tragically one month after leaving treatment.’

I often wonder, if we treated opioid dependence as if we were treating any other fatal illness, would the death rate be...
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General

Compassion or Murder?

I subscribe to Google news alerts for the phrase 'overdose deaths.'  Google Alerts are a great way to follow any topic; subscribers receive headlines from newspapers and web sites for certain keywords from around the world. One thing that has become clear from my subscription is that there is no shortage of stories about deaths from opioids! Every day I see one article after the next, as news reporters notice the loss of...
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Addiction

Starting Suboxone

I received the following question earlier today:

Hello Dr. Junig, I am opiate dependent or rather an opiate addict. I want to seek treatment because I can’t continue this life style. I have questions about treatment. Do I have to be in full withdrawals when I go to see a doctor? Is it true that most doctors probably won’t see me because they have too many patients already? I know Suboxone works for my...
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