Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

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Buprenorphine Term Analysis

Buprenorphine is the generic name for a drug used in MAT to treat recovering addicts.

Buprenorphine Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Buprenorphine or refer to Buprenorphine. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Dopesick published in 2018.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Tess was nearly seven months pregnant when she left jail in June 2015. For a month, she lived with her mom and tried to make a go of it with her boyfriend, the baby’s father—“disastrous,” Patricia and Tess agreed—before they found a private treatment center two hours away that would take Tess during her final month of pregnancy. Private insurance covered most of the $20,000 bill while her dad paid the $6,500 deductible, using the remainder of Tess’s college-savings fund. The Life Center of Galax was one of the few Virginia facilities that accepted patients on medication-assisted treatment (methadone or buprenorphine). Tess was now taking Subutex, a form of buprenorphine then recommended for some pregnant mothers. (Suboxone is typically the preferred MAT for opioid users because it also contains naloxone, an opiate blocker; Subutex, which is buprenorphine with no added blocker, was then considered safer for the baby but more likely to be abused by the mom.)

Related Characters: Tess Henry, Patricia Mehrmann
Page Number: 209
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Buprenorphine Term Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the term Buprenorphine appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
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Tess’s goal in 2016 is to be a good mother. Her treatment with buprenorphine helps her to feel normal, but although much of her treatment is covered by insurance,... (full context)
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Many public health officials consider buprenorphine, a type of MAT, to be the gold standard treatment for opioid addiction, reducing the... (full context)
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Because of the high demand for buprenorphine and other MAT drugs, there’s also a lot of black market dealing of these drugs,... (full context)
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Jamie Waldrop and Janine Underwood of the Hope Initiative are opposed to buprenorphine because, based on the experience of their sons, they felt that the drug was too... (full context)
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...to treat opioid addiction was discovered early, but regulatory agencies continued to restrict its use. Buprenorphine and naltrexone were part of a new generation of MAT that were formulated in an... (full context)
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Research shows that buprenorphine is safer than methadone when taken in excess, but surprisingly, the drug still goes on... (full context)
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...One of Tess’s friends, Jordan “Joey” Gilbert, talks about success with naltrexone, before switching to buprenorphine because of naltrexone’s high cost. (full context)