Buprenorphine is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction.
For more information on treatment services, including the Opioid Assessment Walk-in Centers, Naloxone (Narcan) prescribing policies, and other general information, visit the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) website.
Only private doctors and treatment programs with special certification are allowed to dispense Buprenorphine. Each approved doctor can treat up to 100 patients at a time (New federal law will allow physicians who have prescribed buprenorphine to 100 patients for a least a year, can apply to increase their patient limits to 275 under the new federal regulations). Visit the SAMHSA site listing available providers at: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/physician-program-data/treatment-physician-locator
For a “treatment match,” go to: www.TreatmentMatch.org. This service is available 24/7, is completely confidential, and will link the patient to certified physicians with treatment availability.
NOTE: Medication Drop Boxes are located in the lobby of some local police departments to assist residents with a no questions asked, safe disposal site for old and/or unused medications and medicated lotions. Needles and other sharp objects are not accepted. For a list of available city/town locations, visit the 2-1-1 database:: Medication Disposal Sites
NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF ADVOCATES FOR BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT:
More information about Buprenorphine, efforts to improve access, and lists of treatment providers, go to: http://www.naabt.org/
SOURCES: SAMSHA; Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction; SAMHSA
PREPARED BY: 211/tb
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: March2018