Beth Macy

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Suboxone Term Analysis

Suboxone is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, drugs used for MAT to treat recovering addicts.

Suboxone Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Suboxone or refer to Suboxone. 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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Chapter 8 Quotes

NIDA, the Institute of Medicine, the World Health Organization, and the White House drug czar’s office would all agree that indefinite (and maybe even lifelong) maintenance treatment is superior to abstinence-based rehab for opioid-use disorder. And even Hazelden, the Betty Ford-affiliated center that originated the concept of the twenty-eight-day rehab, changed its stance on medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, offering Suboxone to some patients in 2012.

But the rehab Jesse went to was aimed at abstinence, as most were, then and now.

Related Characters: Jesse Bolstridge, Kristi Fernandez
Page Number: 174
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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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Suboxone Term Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the term Suboxone appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...They send him to detox. In 2012, at age 23, Brian is being weaned off Suboxone (a treatment for narcotic dependence) when he is interviewed by Macy and tells his story. (full context)