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Research Article, J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil Vol: 4 Issue: 2

Buprenorphine Prescribing Availability in a Sample of Ohio Specialty Treatment Organizations

Todd Molfenter1*, Carol Sherbeck1, Mark Zehner1 and Sandy Starr2
1University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
2Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Columbus, Ohio 43215, USA
Corresponding author : Todd Molfenter, Ph.D
University of Wisconsin– Madison, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
Tel: 608.262.1685
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: March 17, 2015 Accepted: May 18, 2015 Published: May 20, 2015
Citation: Molfenter T, Sherbeck C, Mark Zehner, Starr S (2015) Buprenorphine Prescribing Availability in a Sample of Ohio Specialty Treatment Organizations. J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil 4:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9005.1000140

Abstract

Buprenorphine Prescribing Availability in a Sample of Ohio Specialty Treatment Organizations

Buprenorphine, a medication for treating opioid dependence, is underutilized in specialty addiction treatment organizations. Only physicians who have obtained a buprenorphine prescribing license or “waiver” may administer this medication. A limited number of physicians are pursuing this waiver, and a concern in the substance use disorder treatment field is that the shortage of prescribers could be contributing to the low use of buprenorphine at specialty addiction treatment centers. The objective of this study is to assess Ohio specialty treatment organizations’ access to buprenorphine prescribers and the barriers they encounter when seeking new physician prescribing capacity.

Keywords: Buprenorphine; Buprenorphine Prescribing; DATA 2000; Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT); Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Barriers; Addiction Treatment Organizations, Health Services Research

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