Upon visiting the clinic, they can choose from several treatment options, which typically include Medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT involves the use of specific medications to help in your opioid treatment.
The Use of Buprenorphine
One of the medications that you might encounter is buprenorphine. It is an opioid-based medication that is specially formulated for opioid treatment. Doctors cannot just prescribe this drug easily because there are regulations that they have to adhere to.
In 2000, Congress passed and enacted the DATA-2000 Law. This law allows doctors to prescribe buprenorphine and other opioid-based medications specifically for opioid treatment. This is on top of the primary care services they are offering.
It is important to note that the law sets guidelines and limitations to prescribing physicians. Doctors will need a special waiver to start prescribing opioid-based drugs. To become eligible for the waiver, they will need to take and pass an 8-hour course. They also need to comply with other requirements.
This law also puts a cap on how many addicted patients a doctor can treat. For the first year, the cap is set to 30 patients. But, the number can increase to 100 following the submission of an original intent at least a year ago.