ASAM And NIDA Supporting Office-Based Buprenorphine Training

By John Lavitt 09/10/15

BupPractice will provide training for doctors on how to administer medication-assisted treatment drugs like Suboxone.


ASAM and NIDA have demonstrated their support for a doctor’s office-based buprenorphine training regimen known as BupPractice. Since a DEA waiver is required to prescribe buprenorphine, it is important for doctors to receive training in the administration of the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug. The goal of BupPractice is to provide such training as effectively and expediently as possible.

By providing more providers with the certified training that allows physicians to safely prescribe the drug in all its forms, including Suboxone, the hope is that more people with opioid substance abuse disorder will have access to this MAT. Buprenorphine has been proven as an evidence-based treatment modality with the potential to lead to sustainable recovery. Although resisted by traditional abstinence-based treatment programs, MAT has demonstrated results to convince NIDA, SAMHSA, and ASAM of its true value.

Development of the BupPractice website was funded entirely by a grant and a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. No commercial support was received, although the website is a money-making venture. Clinical Tools, Inc., funds the ongoing development and maintenance of the BupPractice. Opioid substance use disorder treatment is a big business. With a huge profit motive in the treatment industry, the business is only growing bigger as the prescription painkiller epidemic continues to burn across the country.

The BupPractice training provides the following:

  • An overview of buprenorphine and its mechanism of action
  • Information about drug interactions, precautions, contraindications and side effects
  • A comparison of buprenorphine to other opioid treatments

By providing medical professionals with tools that develop effective patient discrimination and prescribing procedures, BupPractice helps a doctor take the next step to become a provider of medication-assisted treatment services.

In addition, the website offers the option of creating a personalized BupSite to promote a provider’s medical practice, providing prospective patients with information about substance abuse treatment services offered.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.