2015 Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence in Office-Based Treatment and Opioid Treatment Programs

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

John A. Renner, Jr., MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Education Section VA Outpatient Clinic, Boston, MA
Laura McNicholas, MD, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
The “Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000” created the opportunity to expand treatment for opioid dependence into the mainstream of medical practice, increase the number of persons treated, and have an important positive public health impact. The legislation specifies several ways in which physicians can be considered qualified to
prescribe and dispense buprenorphine in their offices for the treatment of opioid dependence. The completion of this training fulfills the requirement prior to notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of their intention to begin prescribing buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence.

The presentation is designed to train qualified physicians in dispensing or prescribing specifically approved Schedule III, IV, and V narcotic medications for the treatment of opioid addiction in an office-based setting. The goal of this training is to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to provide optimal care to opioid dependent patients by providing: 1) an overview of opioid dependence, 2) the efficacy and safety of buprenorphine, 3) process of patient selection, 4) clinical use of buprenorphine, 5) nonpharmacological interventions, 6) medical psychiatric conditions in opioid dependent patients, office procedures, and 7) special treatment population.

Designated by the DHHS, this training meets the eight-hour requirement and is designed for physicians to dispense
buprenorphine in office practice for treatment of opioid dependence. Participation in this training will provide physicians with a comprehensive overview of buprenorphine prescribing and its safe and effective use in an office-based setting. This training is designed for physicians and other primary care providers who are likely to treat opioid dependent persons in their practice, such as those in family practice, general internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, adolescent medicine specialists, and Opioid Treatment Programs.

Funding for this course was made possible (in part) by H79T1022022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Please go to http://www.aatod.org/national-conference/2015-aatod-conference-atlanta/continuing-education-credit/ for more information on continuing education credits for each section of the website.

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