Are you part of the Ohio NIATx Buprenorphine Implementation Study? Consult your Activity-Relevant FAQs.

Using BupPractice and Getting Credit

After you create a (free) account you can use the PAY NOW button on the Activity Steps page. This is secure credit card payment handled by Pay Pal. You will see a charge from Clinical Tools, Inc. on your credit card bill.
Please contact us using the Contact link if you want to use a check or discuss group payment!

If you start the activity and are not satisfied for any reason, we will refund your training fee within 60 days of the original payment. Refunds will be in the original form of payment. After 60 days we are unable to offer a refund. If you complete the activity, we will not issue a refund. Email with requests or questions.

If you complete the survey, we will provide a $25 donation to support a local organization in NC related to addiction or may be eligible for a $25 refund on the cost of your training. To be eligible you must have paid for the training yourself within the past 50 days. Not applicable to coupon users.

If you are a member of a group or want to arrange a group discount, please contact us to discuss a reduced rate.

To complete the Buprenorphine Training Activity, you must take all 9 courses on the site, including a pre/post-test for each. After you complete all 9 courses you will be eligible for the waiver. You can also claim up to 9 credit hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (TM) after you complete the activity.

You must complete the activity within 1 year of when you start. We update the activity substantially at least 2x a year and we want the activity experience to be consistent and comprehensive for all users.

You can start and stop and resume as best fits your schedule and learning style. You can spend 20 minutes every day for a month, or complete the entire activity in one day, Online training at is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you take more than 12 months to complete the activity you will need to contact us to receive a coupon code to start the process again from the beginning.

Please send an email to and we will be happy to create an invoice for your purchasing department, so you can be reimbursed, etc. Our EIN is 51-0344326.

No, the BupPractice activity is designed to be used online, and includes the pre/post-tests, and interactive features that do not work well in "print". We also revise the website to make sure it is up-to-date throughout the year, and that wouldn't be possible with a print-able version.

Yes, but it is only possible to request continuing education credit for a single experience. If you want to learn more about substance abuse treatment and require additional credits, consider our other activities, and

If you have created a BupSite, you may reaccess it by going to the My Bup Site! tab at the top of the page. If you have not create a BupSite prior, you will be given the option to do so.

The activity midpoint survey is a presented when you have completed half of the Buprenorphine training program. We are only using the data from this survey to study the impact of our training activity. No data on individual responses will be reported. Your responses help us improve this and other training activities for future users.

A module will be marked in your transcript as complete when you have satisfied the time and page view requirements, even if you have not viewed all of the pages in the module.

Buprenorphine Training

Short version: If you complete this activity you can apply for your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

Long version: This website offers an official training activity that satisfies the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) training requirement for a DATA 2000 physician waiver. This means that now you can take the 10-course activity on to qualify for your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. This training activity is provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The website is ASAM's online buprenorphine training activity, which is presented in collaboration with Clinical Tools, Inc. ASAM also holds live buprenorphine trainings across the United States. Learn more about ASAM at their website.

You can receive up to 9 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (TM) for completing the 9-course training activity on our website. This is the only credit type being offered at this time.

You are welcome to complete the training activity for educational purposes, but at this time ONLY qualifying physicians with individual DEA numbers can prescribe buprenorphine based on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000). SAMHSA explains it here.

Getting Your Waiver to Prescribe Buprenorphine

You can check with CSAT/SAMHSA at their hotline 1-866-BUP-CSAT (1-866-287-2728) to check on the status. Allow 45 days for CSAT to review your waiver notification form.

NEITHER ASAM nor us (Clinical Tools) is involved in the CSAT or DEA review process.

For the waiver form, ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) is the official provider of this online training activity. The activity was developed by Clinical Tools, Inc.

After you complete the training, you will need to submit the "Notification of Intent" (AKA: SMA-167/waiver form/NOI) form by mail, fax or form or online submission. This form is reviewed by CSAT/SAMHSA and the DEA. The process is described at SAMHSA Buprenorphine Waiver Management. Be aware this may take several weeks. If you don't hear back within 45 days, you may begin prescribing, according to the SAMHSA website. However, in some states you will need to add additional information to your DEA number on the script in order for the pharmacy to fill it.

You can print the waiver form and mail it in or you can submit it electronically. Visit SAMHSA Buprenorphine Waiver Management to find the print and online version of the form. If you submit your form online, you do not need to submit documentation regarding your training. We submit to it SAMHSA weekly.

You should apply for the waiver if you want to prescribe buprenorphine. After you complete the 10-course training activity you will be qualified to apply for the waiver. Visit SAMHSA Buprenorphine Waiver Management to see the other ways that physicians can become qualified to prescribe buprenorphine.

No, your DEA number and X number do not change when you move from state to state. However, some states have an additional CDS (controlled dangerous substance) number, which may change. If you move be sure to update your practice address with the DEA.

When you submit the online waiver form, you will see a line on the form that reads as follows: "I certify that I meet at least one of the following criteria and am therefore a qualifying physician (Check and provide copies of documentation for all that apply):"

If you wish your waiver form to be processed quickly, you can mail or fax in a copy of your DATA 2000 Training Certificate. However, it is not necessary to print and send this in, since CSAT will obtain confirmation of your training from the training organization. Some groups send this info to CSAT once monthly; we submit it weekly here at

About the Website

This site was developed for both physicians and clinicians who treat opioid-dependent patients with buprenorphine, and for physicians who manage and refer patients with opioid dependence.

Buprenorphine Practice was developed by Clinical Tools, Inc., funded by a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (#HHSN271200555303C). Clinical Tools, Inc., is a small, physician-run business dedicated to harnessing the potential of the Internet to create scalable, usable, and broadly available tools for health researchers, clinicians, and consumers.

Clinical Tools will not share your personal information with any third parties. However, we will provide ASAM with a list of all physicians who have completed the training activity.

Do I have to create an account?

You do not need to create an account to access the information under Resources and How-To Guides. However, to participate in forums, post comments, take courses, or add content to the site, you will need to create an account and login.

All you need is a username, an email address, and a password. Creating an account on the site is free, and it enables you to participate in forums and groups, and to create a BupSite.

Go to your Account page and click on the Edit tab. There you can update your password, email address, and other aspects of your profile.

I forgot my password. What should I do?

To update the information for your Bup site, simply login and select the "Your Bup Site!" link on the black bar at the top of the page. Once you arrive at your bup site, selecting the "Edit" link will allow you to change/update any of the personal information.

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