Buprenorphine Overdose Symptoms and Treatment


Despite its relative safety when compared to other opioids, there are many people addicted to buprenorphine. According to information provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), buprenorphine is more likely to be found during a drug bust than methadone. It has also grown significantly in popularity since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The DEA notes that 2010 there were 10,537 reports of buprenorphine found in drug busts, compared to 90 reports in 2003.

According to Emergency Medicine News, buprenorphine is a more popular street drug than GHB, Ecstasy, or cocaine in Scandinavian countries. In these countries, snorting or injecting buprenorphine is a common recreational activity. As of January 2009, buprenorphine abuse could also not be detected in urine tests, which makes it a popular street drug for more affluent people…

In almost all fatal overdose cases, the overdose was caused by mixing buprenorphine with other drugs. In a 2001 study, published in Forensic Science International, benzodiazepines were the most common drugs to be fatally combined with buprenorphine…

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