Heroin in a Breath StripBy
A new drug has hit the streets in an alarming new form. It’s an opiate, like heroin or oxycontin, and it comes in the form of sublingual film. Users simply remove the film from the packet and place it under their tongue. It dissolves in 2 to 10 minutes, and takes effect almost immediately.
The drug goes by the trade name Suboxone, and contains buprenorphine and naloxone. It has been sold on the street in its original pharmaceutical wrapper, which resembles that of a wetnap. The drug itself looks like a gelatine breath strip, such as those sold by Listerine and others. It also comes in tablet form. Both the strip and tablet bear the markings “N2″ or “N8″.
Though commonly used to treat opiate addiction, suboxone itself is known to be addictive, and can cause overdoses in uncontrolled amounts. It can also produce fatal results if combined with other common drugs like alcohol, antihistamines, antidepressants or sleep aids.
In clinical settings, Suboxone is a legitimate prescription medicine that has been approved by the F.D.A. to treat opiate addiction for patients who are under the care of a licensed practitioner. A video describing the administration of suboxone can be viewed at this link.
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