When will I be able to start prescribing buprenorphine?

After you complete the buprenorphine training activity and required activity post-training assessments, you will be qualified to apply for the waiver. Providers must submit a waiver form to CSAT if they plan on prescribing buprenorphine. Providers should at least wait 45 days to begin prescribing. If caught by the DEA prescribing without being certified, there could be consequences. Further, pharmacies contact CSAT/SAMHSA to verify if a provider is certified; they will not fill the prescription to non-certified providers. Note that providers who have completed buprenorphine training can immediately treat one patient emergently but must wait until getting their prescribing identification number before taking a caseload of patients.