E-QUAL Network Opioid Initiative

Opioid Initiative Goal

Our aims for this initiative include helping EDs to:

  • Improve opioid prescribing safety
  • Adopt harm reduction strategies such as naloxone prescribing and initiate treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) with buprenorphine
  • Implement alternatives to opioids (ALTO)
E-QUAL Initiatives Portal


New HHS DEA-X Waiver Guidelines & What it Means for Providers 

On April 27th, 2021, HHS eliminated the mandatory 8-hour formal training requirement for physicians pursuing a federal DEA-X Waiver to treat up to 30 opioid use disorder (OUD) patients using evidence-based buprenorphine. Learn what it means for providers.

Why Should I Get Waivered? | Video 

"Overdose deaths are spiking in the wake of COVID19. Outpatient addiction clinics are reducing hours and treatment facilities impacted by social distancing measures has meant limited capacity for those in need. There is one clear first step all providers can do to step up and address the #2epidemics facing our nation, get your DEA-X Waiver to give you the ability to treat addiction in an evidence based way."

Federal and State Regulations, Regulatory Considerations, and State Initiatives

Webinar Series

Emergency Care and SUD during COVID-19

Drs. Nora Volkow & Gail D'Onofrio


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