Establishing a Buprenorphine Practice: What you need to know
MYTH: Only methadone clinics and other opioid treatment programs can provide patients with medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders.
FACT: Qualified physicians can prescribe and dispense buprenorphine, a medication used in MAT that has a lower risk for abuse than other narcotics, in an office setting.
The best available evidence points to MAT as a key tool for fighting opioid addiction, and offering it in convenient locations can increase patient access. Physicians who complete 8 hours of required training may qualify for a physician waiver that allows them to offer buprenorphine in an office setting rather than a registered opioid treatment program.
- Describe how to obtain a waiver for prescription of buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder
- Explain how to screen and/or refer patients for buprenorphine treatment
- Set up and manage relationships with other health professionals in their communities
- Prepare a buprenorphine treatment team
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ISMS members and their staff, especially physicians interested in treating addiction
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- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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