Across Michigan and our country, parents are struggling with how to help addicted sons and daughters. Husbands and wives worry about spouses caught in the grip of addiction. Rates of opioid abuse, heroin addiction, overdose and death are a concern in schools and hospitals, treatment centers and neighborhoods in every state.
One weapon in the fight against this epidemic is buprenorphine, a medication that helps to block the craving for heroin. Buprenorphine dramatically reduces the physical need for drugs and by doing so helps addicts and their families recover from the tragic damage that addiction can cause. The most commonly prescribed form combines buprenorphine with another substance, naloxone, which makes the medication less susceptible to abuse. Read more.