Yes, you can take a legally prescribed medication like Suboxone while in most probation programs. Your lawyer and probation team should help you understand the terms of your release and what you must do to comply.
More than 3 million people were in probation programs in 2020. Each program has individualized rules and conditions to follow. It’s impossible to make general statements about how each program works and what it can do, however most programs do of course permit individuals to be on Suboxone treatment so long as they have a valid prescription from a licensed provider.
Work with your lawyer and probation officers to understand the terms of your probation.
Suboxone is legal for you to use with a valid prescription offered by a doctor. If you're buying Suboxone on the street and using it independently, you may be in violation of your parole. But if you have a valid prescription, you should not be in violation of your parole.
Many states restrict Suboxone and other drugs to those who can demonstrate an "absolute need." Your doctor may need to submit paperwork outlining why you need this medication and verifying that you are receiving it legally.
Your probation team may check your urine for illicit drugs. Suboxone is not usually part of a routine drug screen, but it is possible that your probation team will order additional urine tests that can test for Suboxone. In this case, if your test is positive because you are on Suboxone therapy, you should be prepared to provide documentation from your doctor confirming that you are on this prescription legally and for a valid medical indication. Usually a note from your doctor or a prescription bottle with your name on it is sufficient for this purpose.
Suboxone therapy may be essential for your abstinence from drug use prior to release from incarceration. Suboxone can:
Don’t put your freedom on the line. Follow your doctor’s instructions and continue taking your medication as directed.
Many people who enter drug treatment programs do so in response to legal pressure. So-called "drug courts'' can sometimes offer treatment programs, including MAT, in lieu of jail time. These treatment programs can provide effective rehabilitation instead of jail time.
In one study, 66% of people in drug courts were rearrested within the next two years; 81% of those in traditional programs were rearrested.
A program like this could be beneficial in helping you achieve and maintain abstinence from an OUD.