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Is Buprenorphine a Controlled Substance?

The narcotic medication buprenorphine (Buprenex®, Butrans®, Subutex®, Suboxone®) is listed as a Schedule III controlled substance. What does this mean? Simply put, any medicine categorized as a controlled substance will have strict laws and regulations controlling its use. Schedule III medications, such as buprenorphine, are considered to have less potential for abuse, compared with Schedule II medications like morphine or oxycodone.
 
Because it is an opioid, buprenorphine can be abused. In particular, this drug is susceptible to abuse via injection. To help ensure your safety, tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or dependence.
 
(To learn more about this controlled substance, click Buprenorphine. This article covers topics such as how it should be stored, other safety issues to be aware of, and more.)
 
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