Why buprenorphine?

The opioid epidemic and death by overdose affects every state in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Opioid misuse and dependence is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.1

Buprenorphine is a medication that helps people with opioid use disorders by reducing cravings and the debilitating effects of opioid withdrawal. 

Buprenorphine therapy is an evidence-based practice that increases a person's ability to participate fully in a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment program.

Comprehensive treatment may include hospitalization, counseling, case management, medication, recovery support services, participation in mutual aid groups, and peer supports.






1Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality File (2015). Number and Age-Adjusted Rates of Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Opioid Analgesics and Heroin: United States, 2000–2014. Atlanta, GA: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at Http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/health_policy/AADR_drug_poisoning_involving_OA_Heroin_US_2000- 2014.pdf.