A case of heroin overdose reversed by sublingually administered buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®)


Christopher Welsh, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 22 S. Greene Street, Box 349, P-1-H-10, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. E-mail: cwelsh@psych.umaryland.edu


Background  Opioid overdose is a major source of morbidity and mortality in injection drug users in the United States and many other countries.

Case description  A case is described in which buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) was administered sublingually to reverse a heroin overdose.

Conclusions  Sublingually administered buprenorphine/naloxone might be used as a means to reverse opioid overdose.