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Monday, December 19, 2016

HHS Buprenorphine training for NPs and PAs

In a press release, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is taking steps to address the U.S. opioid epidemic by further expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this step enables nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to immediately begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment, buprenorphine.