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    Hi! I'm a journalist for Pacific Standard, a national magazine based in Santa Barbara, California. I've been seeing in the research literature that people sometimes buy Suboxone off the black market. I was wondering if any BlueLighters do and would be willing to talk to me about why. Is medication-assisted treatment not available in your area? Is it a question of cost? Another reason?

    You can reach out to me here or email me at fdiep@psmag.com. I'd love to talk over the phone or Skype! I can give you my number over email.

    To tell you a little more about Pacific Standard and me: Pacific Standard covers social justice and whether governments use research-based policy. We're a nonprofit, supported by a fund established by our founder, who made her money in publishing scientific journals. I'm a science-trained journalist, and I cover drug and health policy for PS. You can see my portfolio at franciediep.com and psmag.com/@franciediep

    Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for considering my request,
    Francie Diep
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    Good luck on finding BL interviews for your article!

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    I'd be happy to speak with you francie_d about my experience with buprenorphine, both getting it on and off the black market (not as a staff member of BL but as a member of the drug using community).

    Quote this message in your reply or send me a PM to alert me to your response and I will be happy to get in touch with you.
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    I just want to say that Francie's work has been published in major, important outlets and it is very level-headed and science-based, which is exactly what we need more of.
    It does not adopt the various drug war perspectives and biases that often result in mass-media slant in reporting on drugs.
    If you would like to try to fight against the drug war, this may be one good way to do it.
    Please help her if you can.
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    Thanks, neversickanymore, toothpastedog, and slimvictor! I'd love to talk to as many people as I can, so please don't let toothpastedog's response deter you if you're also willing to talk.

    By the way, I recently went to a conference where a lot of big U.S. government officials made promises about what they'll do for the country's overdose epidemic. Here's my report from it, if you're interested: https://psmag.com/assessing-trumps-p...ds-484aae1a9c7 This was the conference: https://vendome.swoogo.com/2017-rx-summit/

    I should have more stories coming out of that conference soon. There was some new data presented about changes to the U.S.' heroin supply, which I thought was interesting. Let me know if there's anything you want to know from the meeting.
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    I'll put the article up (or part of) in this forum francie, let me know if that's not ok and I can easily take it down.
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    I'd be willing to be interviewed. I've bought sub off the street and at the doctor. I've also withdrawn from it and used it intravenous which is supposed to be impossible.
    Addicted? Want to stop? We can help! Come to the sober living forum!
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    Thanks, poledriver & cj!
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    Just got off the phone with her. Had a wonderful little chat for about an hour. Really awesome person! I'm looking forward to seeing her article on this.

    Keep up the great work Francie!
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    Yeah I am looking forward to the article as well
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