Month: January 2018

Inclement Weather Take Home Rx for OTP Patients

In a recent blog posting, Dr. Jana Burson discusses the process for determining if patients should be provided with extra take home doses for the days when travel will be treacherous. In North Carolina, a group of OTP physicians are re-evaluating criteria for extra take homes in these bad weather situations, along with help from the State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA). Last week, this group of physicians were discussing the issue of severe weather take home exceptions. The following factors were some of the things taken in consideration: Since buprenorphine has a greater margin of safety than methadone, many...

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Resources to Combat Opioid Crisis Announced

Governor Roy Cooper today announced the next wave of funding to combat the opioid crisis from the 21st Century Cures Act/State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant that North Carolina received in May 2017. Since May, 3,200 individuals have benefited from these programs, and the funds announced today are expected to treat an additional 3,300 North Carolinians with an opioid use disorder. “Treatment saves lives and these funds will provide it to thousands of people who need it,” said Governor Cooper. “Communities are seeing the benefits of working together in our battle against the opioid crisis.” This next...

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Registration Now Open for Addiction Medicine

Make 2018 a year for learning! Secure your space today to attend the 9th Annual Addiction Medicine Conference being held April 26-28th. The 2018 Conference will provide clinically practical and up-to-date substance use related training, applicable across general medical as well as addiction specialty practices. You can check out the latest topic updates, register, and make hotel reservations on our website! Visit for more information!...

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SAMHSA Finalizes Rule on 42 CFR Part 2

SAMHSA issued a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2, in order to give providers more leeway to disclose SUD records while retaining privacy protections. According to Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, “This final rule underscores our commitment to ensuring persons with substance use disorders receive integrated and coordinated care……and will permit healthcare providers, with patients’ consent, to more easily conduct such activities as quality improvement, claims management, patient safety, training, and program integrity efforts.” Dr. McCance-Katz added...

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