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Bupe Overdose Brings Children of Addicts in Recovery to the ER

Buprenorphine is a drug prescribed to opiate addicted patients to assist them in the detox process when they are ready to get clean and sober. For many, the drug is a god-send. Prescribed on an outpatient basis, it allows them to continue attending work or school without interruption, something that is usually not possible when the withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate detox kick in.

However, one risk of medication that is taken on an outpatient basis is the risk that others in the family will be able to access the medication. It’s an issue that has become increasingly problematic for those who are prescribed buprenorphine – a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that emergency room admissions caused by the ingestion of buprenorphine in children has increased considerably between 2010 and 2011.

Outpatient Treatment, Outpatient Concerns

Though almost all medications that are taken home can be harmful if ingested by children, it is of increased concern when the patient is struggling with a disorder like addiction that is both mental and medical in nature. Additionally, the packaging may be different as compared to other medications that come in childproof containers, allowing children who find the medication to ingest it more readily or in larger amounts.

Addressing the Problem

The ingestion of buprenorphine by children is a concern that is being addressed by the pharmaceutical industry. The manufacturer of Suboxone, a buprenorphine-based medication, pulled the pill form of the drug from the shelves and petitioned the FDA to enforce the use of child-safe packaging on generic versions of the substance.

Public service announcements and increased awareness among prescribing physicians about the problem has increased the education of patients who take the drug, and more are learning how to better protect their children from inadvertently taking their medication.

Tailoring Treatment Choices to the Needs of the Individual

Concern for the safety of children in the home need not be an obstacle to getting effective treatment. The fact is that untreated addiction brings harmful substances into the home as well and in larger quantities, while the owner of those substances is often too incoherent to be entrusted with the care of children at all much less make sure that all harmful substances are out of the path of the child.

If you are concerned about your children when it comes to getting treatment for your issues with addiction, consider the option of inpatient care. When you can focus on your recovery full time, you can more quickly be a better parent, one who is drug-free and prepared to protect your children from all harm. Contact us at Orchid Recovery Center today to learn more about our woman-centered rehabilitation program here in Florida.

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