Substance Rehabilitation

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT). As with all medications used in MAT, buprenorphine should be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and other behavioral therapies to provide patients with a whole-person approach.

Buprenorphine is the first medication to treat OUD that can be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing access to treatment. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act allows qualified practitioners to dispense or prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) in settings other than opioid treatment programs (OTP), upon completion of specialized training.

Learn more about SAMHSA’s buprenorphine waiver certification or find buprenorphine waivered practitioners in your local area.
In addition, buprenorphine is also administered at SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Learn more about certified/accredited OTPs or find a SAMHSA-certified OTP in your local area.

Several federal laws and regulations permit physicians and other medical personal to administer medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) under special circumstances without a buprenorphine waiver. Learn about these special circumstances.

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