When you need to Disclose your Suboxone Treatment
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Suboxone is a legitimate replacement for opiates to avoid many of the unpleasant effects of withdrawal. It is a prescription medication that when given by a doctor and taken as directed is perfectly legal to possess. Although drug abuse is an embarrassing thing to admit there are a few people who you should admit it to although none of these are necessary.
Your Regular Doctor
Admitting your Suboxone use to your regular doctor is just a good idea. Since your doctor prescribes other medications, he or she needs to know what medications you are already on. This is so he or she does not prescribe something that reacts dangerously with the Suboxone.
Since there are some very dangerous drug interactions with Suboxone, you can see why your normal doctor needs to know about the fact that you are taking it. Most doctors will share information with your addiction or your pain clinic already so you might not need to make this disclosure.
Your Work if Treatment will Impact Your Job
There are some positions that Suboxone treatment will impact. Now these are rare but you have to take a close look at how the treatment will affect you and how you perform your job. This is a very grey area in employment law. It might be a good idea to talk to an Human Resources representative or to an employment lawyer before deciding to speak with a supervisor about your treatment.
Technically, you do not have to tell your employer but there are some circumstances that you might want to consider it. Suboxone drugs aren’t intoxicants like opiates are but it can still have an effect on your judgment and reasoning. You need to know how it affects you before you begin working while taking it.
Law Enforcement if Questioned Specifically about Having the Drug on You
If you are carrying Suboxone on you and the prescription is in your name and everything else is legitimate then there should not be any questions about having Suboxone on you. Unfortunately, this might not be enough to deter some law enforcement officials from taking issue with your procession of it.
You might have to explain why you are taking it and prove that the prescription is in fact yours. Since sometimes people sell their prescriptions, some law enforcement officers might be suspicious but if everything else is in order it should not be an issue.
Emergency Medical Workers
You have to disclose your use of Suboxone to emergency medical workers in an emergency, particularly if they need to give you medication for pain. Suboxone changes the way that your body reacts to pain medications. They will need to either give you a different pain medication or give you more than a normal dose in order to alleviate pain such as that from a car accident, bone break, or other condition.
Where to Go for more Information
For more information on Suboxone disclosure or if you need Suboxone treatment for opiate addition, call us at 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) . Who to tell and who not to tell about Suboxone use may be a very troublesome subject. It is best to have a the advice of a professional.