Recently a Suboxone clinic opened at 518 S Camp Meade Rd. Normally when an establishment such as this opens, LSIA is notified. While LSIA does not approve or deny any business from moving into the community, we are generally notified when establishments that require licenses plan to open.
LSIA never received any notice of the Suboxone clinic operated by Phaeton Health Group. Upon learning of this business' existence, our local delegates, councilperson and the Health Department were notified.
A board member recently spoke with the supervisor with Anne Arundel County zoning enforcement. She has been out to the site where Phaeton Health is operating. Her office was not aware of the clinic until we reported it. She has sent them a notice of non-compliance, stating that they are less than 1,000 feet from a school, less than 1,000 feet from residences and that there is not a “no loitering” sign as required in the code. Her office has given Phaeton Health until November 1 to come within compliance.
The following information on Suboxone is directly from the manufacturer's website:
SUBOXONE Film is approved for use in both induction and maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in appropriate patients.*
- For dependence on short-acting opioids, like heroin or prescription painkillers, SUBOXONE Film, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, may be recommended to help you begin and maintain continuity of treatment
- When transitioning from dependence on long-acting opioids, like methadone, a buprenorphine-only medication may be recommended
If a doctor qualified to treat opioid dependence prescribes SUBOXONE Film, your treatment can begin. The following are potential stages of treatment with SUBOXONE Film. Only your doctor can decide what is an appropriate treatment plan for you.
- Induction—you begin your treatment (or restart it if you’ve relapsed) under the supervision of a doctor. For your first dose, you must be in a moderate state of withdrawal. You work with your doctor to reach a dose of SUBOXONE Film that works for you.
- Maintenance—Your doctor will help you to transition to the maintenance phase of treatment when you:
- Are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Have minimal to no side effects
- Do not have uncontrollable cravings
In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all of the elements in your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling and/or psychosocial support.
- Medical taper—The decision to discontinue therapy with SUBOXONE Film after a period of maintenance should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important that you work with your doctor to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Throughout treatment, you should discuss any concerns you have about relapse with your doctor.
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