More than 5 North Carolina residents died each day in 2017 from an unintentional opioid overdose. Improved access to evidence-based treatment is essential to improve the lives of people struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce unintended consequences including opioid overdose, death and the transmission of infectious disease. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services created this document to provide some guidance for providers on prescribing buprenorphine products to treat OUD in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The document also attempts to tackle common concerns surrounding buprenorphine treatment that often limit access to effective care among underserved populations.

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