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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.

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#391: The Anti-Addiction Pill That's Big Business For Drug Dealers

July 31st, 2012

Episode 499 of 913 episodes

There's a pill called Suboxone that treats addiction to heroin and pain pills like oxycontin. Doctors and addicts say it's amazing."It was the best thing that ever happened," one heroin addict told us. "I was like OH. MY. LORD. This is a miracle pill."The government spent tens of millions of dollars developing Suboxone. Doctors can prescribe it in their offices. But a lot of people who want it can't get it from a doctor, so they have to buy it on the street.Today on the show: Why people have to turn to drug dealers to get a pill that fights addiction.

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