|Professional Practice Gap
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that in 2012 there were 467,000 people who used or were dependent on heroin; the prevalence of past month non-medical use of pain relievers was 1.9%. In fact, these figures probably vastly underestimate the true prevalence of opioid use disorders in the United States. Further, only a small fraction of these users have received treatment for an opioid use disorder (SAMHSA, 2013).
Buprenorphine is a safe and effective treatment for opioid dependence that offers patients a more widely available, accessible, convenient treatment option as compared to traditional opioid treatment programs (OTP) (SAMHSA, 2001; Johnson et al., 2003; SAMHSA, 2004). The Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 -- an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act -- allows physicians who are not part of an OTP to prescribe buprenorphine. However, the law requires physicians to complete an 8-hour buprenorphine training conducted by an approved organization in order to prescribe it.
This buprenorphine training program prepares physicians to prescribe buprenorphine safely and effectively to address needs of the millions of Americans with opioid use problems. In addition, the program has been developed to meet the DATA 2000 training guidelines as defined in Public Law 106-310-106th Congress and is endorsed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, one of the approved training organizations named in DATA 2000. The program content is based upon SAMHSA’s 2004 publication Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #40: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. The courses are regularly reviewed and updated by ASAM members who are experts in the field of addiction medicine and buprenorphine treatment.
Johnson RE, Strain EC, Amass L. Buprenorphine: how to use it right. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2003; 70(suppl 2): S59-S77. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12738351.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Use of Buprenorphine in the Pharmacologic Management of Opioid Dependence: A Curriculum for Physicians. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2001. Available at: http://www.buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/Buprenorphine_Curriculum.pdf.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. Rockville, Md: Center For Substance Abuse Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol Series, No. 40, USDHHS Publication (SMA) 04-3939. 2004. Available at: http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/Bup_Guidelines.pdf.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overview of Findings From the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, Md: Office of Applied Studies. 2005. Available at: http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k4NSDUH/2k4Overview/2k4Overview.pdf.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. Rockville, Md: Office of Applied Studies. 2013. Available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch2
Goal/Expected Learner Outcome
To provide training to physicians that meets the requirement of DATA 2000, in order to increase the number of physicians who are knowledgeable about and qualified to prescribe buprenorhpine to their opioid-dependent patients.
Participation and Technical Requirements
Program Credit: Obtaining credit for participation in this program requires that you complete the pre-assessments, work through the modules (including all in-module interactive activities), complete the post-assessments with a 70% score on the post-test, and then request credit. At the end of the program, you will be instructed on how to print out a certificate for your records. Time Requirement: Keep track of the amount of time it takes you to complete this program. You will be required to spend a set amount of time in order to claim credit. You should claim credit only for the time actually spent in the activity. Technical Requirements: To participate in this program, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a Web browser. This program requires Chrome, Firefox, and IE7 or higher.
This program is designed to change competence and performance.
ExperienceTo complete the program:
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Educational ObjectivesBuprenorphine Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) Training Program: What Will I Learn?