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What is Oranges?
Oranges is a slang term for prescription buprenorphine medications, namely Subutex and Suboxone. Buprenorphine is used in medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), as it helps to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. The name "Oranges" is derived from the color of some formulations of these medications.
The origin of the nickname Oranges is likely related to the color of some versions of the Suboxone and Subutex pills, which are orange. This street name has been in use for some time and is recognized by those familiar with the drug and its use in MAT.
Other common nicknames for buprenorphine medications include Bupe and Subs.