What Is Buprenorphine?

Also known as

  • Subutex, tec, su su


  • Subutex comes in 2 mg and 8 mg pills. Its active ingredient is Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, which is a semi-synthetic opioid derivative closely related to Morphine.
  • Subutex is taken sublingually i.e. place under the tongue until it dissolves. However, abusers mix it with other prescription drugs and inject it for a greater ‘high’.


What Are The Effects of Buprenorphine?

Effects and Dangers

  • Sedation
  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Delirium tremens, clouding of consciousness and severe tremors or seizures
  • Anxiety, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps, muscle and joint pains
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)

Medical complications arising from intravenous abuse of Subutex especially when mixed with other prescription drugs:

  • Clogging of veins leading to gangrene.
  • Breathing problems (respiratory depression) which can lead to death.

The sharing of needles can also cause the spread of Hepatitis B and C and the HIV virus if the needles are contaminated.


What Are The Penalties of Possession or Consumption of Buprenorphine?


Possession or consumption of Buprenorphine:

  • Up to 10 years of imprisonment or S$20,000 fine or BOTH

Illegal traffic of Buprenorphine:

  • Up to 20 years of imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane

Illegal import or export of Buprenorphine:

Up to 30 years of imprisonment or imprisonment for life and 15 strokes of the cane for the unauthorised manufacture of Buprenorphine

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