Suboxone is an opiate that was traditionally used in addiction and treatment centers – similar to methadone. It is less addictive than most opiates, doesn’t cause respiratory issues like other narcotics, and doesn’t need to be as closely managed as other narcotic medications. Doctors were surprised when many of their patients who were switched to suboxone kept mentioning how it was also effective in treating long term chronic pain. So, it is now sometimes used off label to manage pain in patients who will need to be on narcotics long term. I’ve met a number of pain specialists here in Wa state who are recommending patients give suboxone a try to see if it will work for them.