Get Qualified to Prescribe Opioid Addiction Medication
By David Doolittle

If you care for patients with opioid-use disorder, you’re probably familiar with buprenorphine, a medication that can be used at home to treat opioid addiction. 

Buprenorphine_Training But if you haven’t heard about it, or if you would like more information, tune in to a free online training course to qualify for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. 

Methadone is the traditional treatment for opioid addiction, but it can be prescribed only by certain tightly controlled, federally approved centers. On the other hand, buprenorphine can be prescribed by physicians who take an eight-hour training course and obtain a waiver from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

The medications, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are combined with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a “whole-patient” approach to treating substance-use disorders. 

You can take the eight-hour training, sponsored by Superior Health Plan, online or – if you want to visit St. Louis – in person Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. 

Find more information, including how to register, on Superior’s website.

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Last Updated On

July 22, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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