BOSTON – Massachusetts has nearly double the Medicaid claims for the controversial opiate, Suboxone, than any other state despite ranking only 14th in population and spends far more than any other state on this opiate, that like Methadone, is marketed as a replacement for heroin and other opiates.

According to data received by the non-profit organization, ProPublica, Massachusetts had 41,006 Medicaid Part D claims for Suboxone in 2011 at a cost of $11 Million. The number two state on the list, Pennsylvania was at 21,677 claims and $7.2 million while the states with the two largest populations, California and Texas were at 14,063 and 12,509 in claims and 44.98 and 4.6 Million in cost respectively.

Suboxone and Methadone are both replacement opiates that are also sold on the streets and in prisons for addicts to use to get high or to trade for heroin. With Methadone, junkies mix it with psychiatric minor tranquilizers, a.k.a. anti-anxiety drugs or benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Klonopin in order to get a heroin type of high. The Methadone user sticks out from the heroin user in that the addict often nods off in the middle of sentences.

With Suboxone, the high appears to be at a lower range and that the addicts often consider the high to be better at a lower dosage. Users also mix Suboxone with Xanax and Klonopin type drugs in order to increase their highs. Nonetheless, the high is significant enough that prisoners have the drug smuggled into them by the powdered form that is orange in color being put in colored drawings allegedly from children and by placing parts of the Suboxone sublingual strips under the postage stamps.

While people are concerned about the deadly overdoses of street drugs, the US Center for Disease Control found in 2012 that 1/3rd of prescription painkiller deaths were caused by Methadone and that in 2007, New Hampshire Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew reported that Methadone was the leading cause of death in 57 percent of their overdose cases. Suboxone overdoses are likewise on the increase which makes this legal drug very dangerous.

The main point of this article is that while one can easily Google search and find severalnatural drug rehab centers, the government and its mental health agencies mainly push these very addictive and dangerous substances that allow them to make money off drug addicts. With full government and mental health organization backing, we have changed from cartels and illegal drug labs to psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies which have betrayed those seeking help by keeping them addicted. This may be the largest piece of evidence of the hypocrisy of the War Against Drugs and how our mental health system has been creating a War Against the War Against Drugs by keeping much of our society strung out. And, congratulations to Massachusetts political leaders and its mental health department for ripping off its taxpayers and deceiving those seeking help while leading this phony battle.

Bev MacPhee
Freelance writer

From ProPublica:

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AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

Suboxone Medicaid Claims/Cost by state
# Suboxone Claims/Dollars Spent

Massachusetts41,006$11M
Pennsylvania21,677$7.2M
New York20,148$7.1M
Michigan15,910$5.72M
Florida14,985$5.48M
California14,063$4.98M
Ohio13,105$4.18M
Texas12,509$4.6M
Tennessee11,749$4.09M
Kentucky11,311$3.96M
New Jersey10,885$3.77M
Maine10,588$2.96M
Maryland9,281$3.25M
Illinois8,670$2.7M
North Carolina7,949$2.73M
Indiana7,830$3.14M
Alabama7,731$3.02M
Virginia7,550$2.24M
Vermont7,505$1.21M
West Virginia7,310$1.45M
Connecticut7,043$2.07M
Louisiana6,487$2.7M
Georgia6,312$2.53M
Mississippi5,183$2.15M
Washington4,941$1.79M
Rhode Island4,699$1.59M
New Hampshire4,266$1.36M
Wisconsin4,089$1.38M
South Carolina3,460$1.48M
Missouri3,231$1.08M
Utah2,915$1M
New Mexico2,608$953K
Oklahoma2,358$891K
Arizona2,260$735K
Minnesota2,254$813K
Oregon1,983$699K
Colorado1,970$733K
Arkansas1,024$430K
Nevada896$279K
Idaho887$379K
Montana865$331K
Puerto Rico800$181K
District of Columbia699$324K
Delaware624$205K
Alaska562$172K
Kansas527$220K
Hawaii412$170K
Iowa363$117K
Wyoming249$73.1K
Nebraska221$66.1K
North Dakota130$33.4K
South Dakota101$30.4K