Bu Trans advantage pharmacologically especially for pain is that it results in slow steady release through skin absorption - and less fluctuations in dosage than oral preparation. Patches can be worn for a week at a time so the whole problem of missing dosage or taking too many pills at once is simply bypassed.
Dr. Owen Williamson is an Orthopedic Surgeon from Australia who specialized in spinal surgery then became a leader in pain medicine in Australia. He'd used buprenorphine there years and had 7 years experience with the buprenophine patches before coming to Canada where he works specifically as a Pain Specialist. Canada doesn't have a subspeciality of pain medicine yet so most of us there tonight were indeed Addiction Medicine specialists who were pain specialists as a consequence of our work with addiction.
Appropriate narcotic treatment of pain doesn't lead to addicition however addicts commonly had pain and presented with pain to address their addiction issues.. Indeed many of us were there tonight to ask Dr. Williamson's advise on how best to manage pain in our addicted patients. Often despite being on methadone and having their addiction controlled with methadone patients have pain and this needs to be addressed.
After the presentation during a lovely meal provided by the excellent Market Restaurant on Georgia we had ample time to discuss not just individual clinical strategies but community medicine and community psychiatry in general.
There is extensive evidence based scientific research in clinical management of addiction and the appropriate treatment of pain yet authorities with distinctly different agendas and apparently often political short sighted personal aims commonly intervene with such old saws as the 'war on drugs'. To date the only success in that multi billion dollar tax payer kerfuffle has been the recognition of the success of the socalled 'drug courts'. These divert addicts who committ crimes to support their addiction from jails into treatment.
All the efforts to 'police borders' or invade other countries has to date only escalated drug abuse. Filling jails with addicts has also demonstrably harmed society and created more criminality. Miami Vice as a television show probably did more to make cocaine sexy to kids than act as a deterrent to drug abuse. The glamor is in the 'context' and it's easy to get into the 'glamour' as a user than a cop.
Of course it's extremely difficult to unhorse the white knights who have a license to kill, often come from elite families,and get to ride roughshod over all civil rights and human rights claiming to protect a child who is likely to learn about addiction from his school mates and family especially if his family were jailed rather than treated for addiction. . Thanks to scientific research there are studies that seriously question use of the Hollywood cowboy police chase because police chases have caused more damage, maiming and killing. Thanks to better surveillance technology today than yesterday police can save themselves car damage and collect their suspects reasonably a day later. It's equally effective today but decidedly less glamorous. Treatment of addiction today is the gold standard. The hope is for as many options in the treatment of addicition as we as doctors have in the treatment of diabetes. Buprenorphine and Bu Trans are certainly welcome addictions. My psychiatrist and addiction medicine friends in the US who have had these tools swear by them.
Dr. Gary Horvath, the Addiction Medicine specialist, whose clinic Doc Side is in Downtown Eastside Vancouver is presently using buprenorphine on selected patients where he can assure clinical safety and is having significant success.
So it was enjoyable to learn of how buprenorphine can be used alone for addiction and/or pain or how to switch a person from other narcotics to buprenorphine and how it is used for tapering people off narcotics whether they are being used for pain or addiction management. There's real advantage to the Bu Trans patch being used when people are tapering off methadone and their dose is below 40 mg a day. This assists them in going through the final withdrawal phase.
Dr. Owen Williamson is a very bright and accomplished young man who has extensive experience in this field as well as being decidedly witty. I am only giving a taste of the presentation. I took notes and am including these here, just as more of a jist. I was eating the very fine Market Restaurant food while listening too the talk so will only apologise for any mistakes or mispelling. I would indeed suggest contacting either Chris Szado with Bu Trans or Dr. Owen Williamson directly for the 'facts'. My purpose in sharing this here is to save a reminder for myself and to essentially raise consciousness about advances in the incredibly rapidly developing speciality fields of addiction and pain management.
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