CHEVY CHASE, Md., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of
Addiction Medicine and Clinical Tools, Inc., recently launched a new
Internet-based physician-training program for office-based treatment of
opioid dependence using buprenorphine. The new Buprenorphine Training
Program is available online at BuprenorphineCME.com.
The Buprenorphine Training Program fulfills the physician-training
requirements of the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000).
According to DATA 2000 requirements, physicians must complete 8 hours of
education, such as this program provides, if they wish to become eligible
to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid dependence. Upon the successful
completion of the training, and once they have met other requirements,
physicians can submit a "notification of intent" to the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration to become eligible to prescribe
The ASAM-Clinical Tools Buprenorphine Training Program is available on
the Internet twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week and can be completed at
the convenience of the learner. The program is browser based, meaning that
no special software is needed. Physicians can complete the program all at
once or over multiple sessions. The cost to complete the training program
is $150. Physicians who complete the training program can also earn 8 hours
of continuing medical education credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM)).
The Food and Drug Administration approved buprenorphine for the
treatment of opioid dependence in October 2002; there are two sublingual
formulations available at this time. Since 2002, more than 7,000 qualifying
physicians have become eligible to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid
dependence. More physicians, however, are needed to complete the 8-hour
training so that treatment is available to more opioid-dependent patients.
Opioid addicts who remain untreated or undertreated suffer from such health
complications as hepatitis, HIV, abscesses, and opioid overdose.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine is an association of
physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other
addictions, educating physicians and medical students, promoting research
and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and
the public about these issues. The Society serves its members by providing
opportunities for education and sharing of experiences and by promoting the
development of a body of professional knowledge and literature to enhance
the quality and increase the availability of appropriate health care for
people affected by addictions. In addition to the new online training
program, ASAM also conducts numerous face-to-face, 8-hour training sessions
on opioid dependence across the United States each year. Please visit
http://www.asam.org for more information.
About Clinical Tools
Clinical Tools, Inc., is a physician-owned, multimedia company
headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. Clinical Tools combines expertise in
healthcare content and computer application development to provide
Internet- based education and information for professionals and consumers.
Please visit http://www.clinicaltools.com for more information.
Gionne Graetz, Manager of Program Development
American Society of Addiction Medicine
301-656-3920, ext. 119
SOURCE American Society of Addiction Medicine