April 1, 2020

COVID-19 & Substance Abuse

SAMSHA Guidance for Law Enforcement and First Responders Administering Naloxone


DEA Issues Guidance for Prescribing Buprenorphine During COVID-19 Emergency

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder. The new guidance permits physicians and other health professionals with a waiver allowing them to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder to issue these prescriptions to new and existing patients based on an evaluation via telephone. The new policy is effective from March 31 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

This guidance removes a considerable barrier for many patients during the national emergency and, importantly, allows them to stay at home. View the full guidance


DEA Policy: Use of Telephone Evaluations to Initiate Buprenorphine Prescribing

SAMSHA FAQs: Provision of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD in the COVID-19 emergency

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