White House Drug Policy Director Calls for Trained Doctors to Provide Treatment for the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

August 26, 2016

Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, wrote to all 50 Governors about the urgent need for more doctors to be trained and certified to treat people with prescription opioid and heroin use disorders. The Obama Administration is offering free buprenorphine trainings for providers all across the country and online. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which includes the use of FDA-approved medications like buprenorphine, has proven more effective at helping people with opioid use disorders enter into long-term recovery. Other FDA approved medications to treat individuals with opioid use disorders are naltrexone and methadone.
“Research shows that access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) saves lives by significantly increasing the likelihood of successful recovery for people with opioid use disorders.  Unfortunately, there are not enough physicians trained to use MAT and prepared to treat people with the disease of addiction,” wrote Director Michael Botticelli. “To help address the need for treatment providers, the Administration offers free buprenorphine trainings for physicians across the country through the Providers Clinical Support System for MAT.  These trainings, called DATA 2000 waiver trainings, provide information to physicians on treating individuals with opioid use disorders.

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