The most recent opioid law, Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018, requires acute care hospital emergency departments to have the capacity to initiate opioid agonist treatment, including buprenorphine.
To aid hospitals in implementing this policy, Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction and DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services are sponsoring four free buprenorphine “x-waiver” trainings across the state in December and January. Registration is now live.
The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 requires physicians to complete 8 hours of approved training to be eligible for a waiver, and nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse specialists (CNSs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and physician assistants (PAs) to complete 24 hours. NPs, CNSs, CNMs, CRNAs, and PAs are able to complete these 8-hour trainings and then do a supplemental free online 16-hour training to meet the 24-hour requirement.
The dates, locations, and registration links for the trainings can be found here…