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How to talk to your doctor about taking Suboxone

Doctors currently require a special license (called a Suboxone “waiver”) to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) (although this may change over time). Therefore, not all doctors can prescribe Suboxone. If you have a primary care doctor or a psychiatrist, ask them if they prescribe Suboxone, and if not, if they can help refer you to someone who does. Many hospital systems have a special department for addiction services where you can be connected to a doctor with experience prescribing Suboxone. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about Suboxone - doctors are used to working with patients with substance use disorders. Even if your doctor does not personally prescribe Suboxone, they should still be able to help you find a doctor who does. It is part of our job to connect you to care!

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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