What is Bupe?
Bupe is a slang term for buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is a key component of medications like Suboxone and Subutex, which are used as medications for addiction treatment (MAT) to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids.
The origin of the nickname Bupe comes from the shortening of the drug's name, buprenorphine. This street name has been in use for some time and is recognized by those familiar with the drug and its use in MAT.