Medication-assisted treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. In Idaho, the two primary medications used in medication-assisted treatment are methadone and buprenorphine [suboxone].
To prescribe buprenorphine/suboxone, qualified physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners must complete a training and apply for a DATA 2000 Waiver, also called an X-license, to treat Opioid Use Disorder with approved products in any setting in which they are qualified to practice. This required training is currently being offered for free in Idaho.
Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners may attend the following trainings to obtain an X-license for free:
- Saturday Jan. 19th from noon to 4 p.m.: Idaho ACP Meeting, Hunt’s Lodge, McCall
- Register by emailing Idaho ACP Chapter Executive Director Kelly Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday Feb. 2nd from 8 a.m. to noon: NW SGIM Meeting, Learning Resource Center, Bldg 29, Boise Veterans Affairs office.
- Register by emailing Dr. Magni Hamso at email@example.com
For more information about the trainings, visit https://pcssnow.org .