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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:00 pm 
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"2002-- DEA reschedules buprenorphine from a schedule V drug to a schedule III drug, on October 7, 2002 - the day before the FDA approval of Suboxone and Subutex despite overwhelming objection by the medical community."



Schedule V controlled substances include drugs that have a relatively low potential for abuse and have accepted medical use. Lyrica, a medication used for treating fibromyalgia and other conditions that result in chronic pain, is an example of a schedule V controlled substance.

Schedule III controlled substances include drugs that have less of a potential for abuse than schedule I or II drugs and have accepted medical uses in the United States. Examples include lysergic acid amide (LSA), a hallucinogenic chemical found in certain species of morning glory seeds, ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic used in veterinary practice and various other depressants and stimulants.


.....................The medical community was very much against this change in the scheduling of Buprenorphine; why do you think they were so against it?


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The medical community is, in my experience, generally against punitive restrictions placed on potentially therapeutic medications. Most doctors I know are against heroin being illegal, simply because it's an effective painkiller and has many benefits over morphine.

Rescheduling buprenorphine it would just add to their paperwork, - I'm not really sure about USA, but maybe you now need DEA clearance to prescribe it and jump through hoops to get license to prescribe etc. Docs might not see the point especially when RB tell them of it's lack of abuse potential and ceiling effect.

I think it should be put in schedule III. Once upon a time I saw injecting Subutex nearly as popular as heroin.


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