WSU to Offer Free Training to Treat Addiction with Medication

Summary and Analysis…

The article describes a training program being offered to doctors, nurses practitioners and physicians assistants to allow them to apply for DEA license to write prescriptions for outpatient addiction treatment.

The training will be delivered in 12 hours over one and a half days and focuses almost exclusively on the medication side of MAT. This is the kind of approach that threatens to increase the quantity of addictive opioids in circulation in a community without addressing the economic, social and family issues necessary to resolve the underlying causes for addition.

Excerpted from Dayton Daily News

“Local doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can get free training to get licensed to treat opioid addictions with medication.

“Treating addiction with buprenorphine — which is also the name brand Suboxone — requires a specific license with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the training and documentation regulation can be a barrier to some providers.

“The training lets the providers apply for the DEA license.

“The one-and-a-half day training will be Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

“The eight-hour section of the training is provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The course covers all medications and treatments for opioid use disorder. It meets the requirements needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based treatment of opioid use disorder.

“The four-hour section of the training is provided by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. This section will cover topics on DEA documentation, motivational interviewing, low dose prescribing, treatment referral and other areas related to medication-assisted treatment.”