New Online Buprenorphine Training Program Announced

    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
     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.
     About ASAM
     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 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 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

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