Provide Suboxone in our jails, prisons, and other institutions

Provide Suboxone in our jails, prisons, and other institutions

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Aaron Davis started this petition to Lawmakers across the country and

I am currently looking for supporters for offering Suboxone to opioid addicts at our jails, prisons, and other mental health agencies. 

Suboxone is a life saving medication for people suffering from opioid use disorder. It’s similar to methadone, but a lot safer and doesn’t require as much oversight. SAMSHA says it it the gold standard for opioid addiction treatment.

Myths about Suboxone:

People will abuse it: In reality, very few people seek out Suboxone to get high. The vast majority of people using it are doing so because they are already addicted to opioids. Even if it is being sold on the street, it is still saving lives. Anyone who has an opioid dependence already will absolutely not get high off of it. It will just relieve their withdrawal symptoms once they decide to quit taking full opioid agonists.

I don’t want to have to pay for it with my tax dollars: You are already paying for the incarceration of addicts, which is much more expensive than treatment with Suboxone. Suboxone reduces the recidivism rates of addicted inmates, which without Suboxone are more likely to reoffend.

Suboxone will cause problems for the jails because it can be diverted to other inmates: If administered in the dissolvable strips or injection it is impossible to divert.

People using Suboxone are just trading one drug for another: This is partially true because Suboxone is a drug, but so is Tylenol. Suboxone is safe, effective, and keeps addicts from using opioids that are dangerous for addicts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with replacement therapy, as long as it’s safe and effective.

Why we should push for Suboxone to be more available:

It reduces crime. It saves lives. The relapse rate is much lower than it is with abstinence based approaches. Also, everyone knows or is related to someone who is addicted at this point. The opioid crisis is widespread, and telling users they can’t have effective treatment is not helping.

Please sign and share. I will be presenting this petition to lawmakers and jails all over the country. Suboxone has saved my life, and needs to be available to everyone suffering from opioid addiction. Thank you!

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