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It's an opiate agonist/antagonist. Apparently it's a mild high. I know a doc who prescribes it. He is all about $.
My bias tends to be in favor of sobriety and standing up and facing life and oneself directly, but those things are difficult for everybody. In the UK, however, certified addicts can pick up their heroin etc at the docs' office on the way to work. The NHS figures it's cheaper than rehab. Of course, the NHS also considers death cheaper than cancer treatments.
Frankly, I could do with a little less moralizing from physicians. What's wrong with a little pharmaceutical to ease one through the day-to-day vicissitudes of life? It would seem to be a shitload safer than street drugs, as well as herbals and supplements.
Here you touch the third rail. The biggest kit for many Physicians is morals. Don't get fat, don't not exercise, don't eat unwell, don't do drugs. Stand up on your own two feet so you can live to ninety in a world you don't much care for to begin with. Longevity, to my mind, isn't all it's cracked up to be. To hell with years of staring at white walls.
Fascinating article. I was completely unaware of this drug. While I'm happy for any who have been helped by it, it seems clear that the system is corrupt. As with the doc you know, it's all about cash.