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Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

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    Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction
    A Treatment Improvement Protocol

    Laura McNicholas, M.D., Ph.D.
    Consensus Panel Chair

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

    This document provides consensus- and evidence based guidance on the use of buprenorphine, a new option for the treatment of opioid addiction. The goal of this TIP is to provide information that physicians can use to make practical and informed decisions about the use of buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. The Guidelines address a number of topic areas related to this goal, including the physiology and pharmacology of opioids, opioid addiction, and treatment with buprenorphine; the screening and assessment of opioid addiction problems; detailed protocols for opioid addiction treatment with buprenorphine; management of special populations; and policies and procedures related to office-based opioid addiction treatment under the paradigm established by the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000.