You are most likely here because you or someone you know received a communication from me. That communication was a plea. This country—and your local community—need your help. On October 21, 2015, President Obama issued a Memorandum for an urgent and immediate increase in the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), along with counseling, to our rural and underserved communities to help patients win their battle against heroin and prescription opioid addiction and dependency. These people and these communities desperately need our help.
IntegraMedical of North Carolina is deploying mobile medical units (MMUs) to address the desperate need for MAT in our underserved communities. Our program is well-organized and is supervised by a well-respected medical director. But we need physicians and physician’s assistants to help us wage the war. A shortage of doctors with the necessary DATA waiver required to write buprenorphine prescriptions has resulted in limited or, in some cases, no access to treatment for many seeking help.
In order to prescribe buprenorphine, a licensed physician must register with SAMHSA and participate in an eight-hour online course in order to receive the Drug Addiction and Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA) waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The DEA then assigns the DATA-waived physician a separate DEA number for prescribing buprenorphine. We will assist you with these processes.
Currently, physicians are each limited to treating 30 patients their first year and 100 patients in following years. The U.S. Senate is currently considering Bill S.1455, also called the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act (TREAT Act). The TREAT Act proposes to increase the limitations currently imposed on medical professionals in treating heroin and opioid dependent individuals with FDA-approved medications, such as buprenorphine, as well as to expand the ability to prescribe buprenorphine to nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. We are hopeful that this legislation will take a fast track through Congress so more people can get the help they need.
Please: fill out our contact form to get started helping us help these communities—and our country. As soon as you receive your DATA waiver and DEA number, we can begin scheduling patients for you. The longer we wait, the more will die. IntegraMedical of North Carolina: Stopping Addiction. Saving Lives.
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