HHS Takes Additional Steps to Expand Access to Opioid Treatment

November 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has enabled nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to immediately begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment, buprenorphine, and may begin prescribing in early 2017. Specific training details to meet the 24-hour requirement have not yet been outlined, but training information and the waiver application will be available soon on SAMHSA’s medication-assisted treatment webpage.

SAMHSA Website          


Posted in Content

A Project of the Governor's Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse and the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine.
Funded wholly or in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.