Buprenorphine Waiver Course

The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course

- Includes Waiver Qualifying Requirements -


The Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) requires physicians to take training in order to obtain a waiver. It allows the physiciants to engange in office-based treatment of opioid use disorders using drugs approved by the FDA on Schedules II, IV, and V. The Treatment of Opioid Use Disroder Course covers the medication treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and the requirements needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The 8-hour course alone fulfills the requirements for physicians. NPs and PAs are required under CARA to complete an additional 16-hours. ASAM provides the additional 16-hours required for NPs and PAs. Completion of the 8-hour course and selected activities of the 40-Hour Program will also fulfill requirements for the additional 16 hours.

We hope that providers will take advantage of all of the offered training and mentorship opportunities offered. However, participating providers do not have to participate in the full ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-hour Program. The only course in the 40-hour program that is required for participating Oklahoma providers is the ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course, which includes all requirements needed to successfully obtain the buprenorphine waiver.

While not required, the project team strongly recommends that participating providers attend the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine –Live or Online Workshop (an additional 8 or 5 hours, respectively); and at least two of the offered Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Clinics (which are 2 hours each session). The FAME Clinics are held in collaboration with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The MAT Expansion Project provides a webcam to each participating rural Oklahoma primary care practice, along with the software needed to participate in these remote consultative sessions with addition specialists.

For more information about the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course, please visit https://elearning.asam.org/products/treatment-of-opioid-use-disorder-waiver-qualifying-8-hours-online or contact at OklahomaMAT@air.org