So I'm a recovering heroin addict. I can honestly say that I am clean for a good long time from heroin now. And went for a good while without subutex or methadone. Recently I have gone back on a low dose of Buprenorphine(subutex). Unfortunately I have done some minor permanent damage to my kidneys. I must have this to function properly/feel well enough to work on a daily basis. Anyway I have been reading a lot of threads questioning MAT, continued use of MAT, and the heroin crisis in general. YouTube has a short documentary called death on I95. This will answer so many of the posts that i see under the heroin forum. And seeing as I relate to this forum the most I wanted to share that. The reason I didn't put the direct link is because there are so many other good documentaries now on this same subject. So when you look it up you will see a plethora of other useful and helpful videos. Hope this answers many questions. And people take it from someone who narrowly survived. If you are here sniffing out swapping to heroin as many do...as I did as well, just know that its not the same old plain heroin any more. If you swap, one line or one shot could kill you. Even if you get away with a hundred and live, its that one you were least expecting to hurt you that usually does you in. I would know. I've been saved by narcan 3 times...at least. Please don't choose the heroin route. I do understand "but I can't get my prescription filled". Been there. I do understand "you don't get it, ill go into such bad withdrawals ill go unconscious from pain". Been there. "It might kill me if I cold turkey". Been there. Go to the ER tell them the straight of it. You cannot be turned away for lack of insurance. There is nothing you can say that would make me say the use of heroin in justifiable. Ill stop rambling watch the video. And God be with us all.