An addict treating his opioid disorder with Suboxone, many argue, is no different from a diabetic taking insulin.
Oh cripes. So tired of this one. What infuriates me--well a lot of things--but this in particular: There are lots of other chronic conditions that require lifelong medication, right? But it's always this one, "a diabetic taking insulin," for one simple and profoundly irrelevant and unthinking reason:
Why yes, how astonishingly perceptive of people to notice that not only do intravenous drug abusers use needles, but guess who else does? People with the sugar diabeetus! So like advanced particle physicists we can deduce that not only does "addict" equal "heroin" which equals "needles," but also "insulin" equals "needles" too, and therefore hey, they're just the same! It's just like how there was this one day where you'd been feeling kinda lousy for a week or three and it seemed to keep getting worse not better until finally you're just nauseous as heck for no apparent reason and the headache just doesn't go away for like days and your eyes don't want to focus properly and so thirsty, my god, and you hardly feel like you can get out of bed, but you drag yourself--or maybe it's your little kid--down to the doctor's office and they do some tests and tell you, "Guess what, you're addicted to heroin!"
RIght--it's just like that! Not to mention all that recreational insulin abuse--just such a fun drug when you get right down to it! Because nothing feels better than a plummeting BG in the 20s! What a ride!
Grrrrrr! I mean, it's just so lame, this whole thing, but it is just one of those comparisons that will not die. I say this as the parent of a recovering heroin addict who has found Suboxone pretty much a lifesaver. But Suboxone is Suboxone and heroin is heroin and it all has Nothing. To. Do. With. Diabetes, m'kay? Can we just stop this nonsense pleeeeeeeease?