Study shows surge in buprenorphine prescriptions at community health clinics

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The number of wellness attraction professionals capable to constitute a medicine for a cardinal medicine to dainty addiction quadrupled astatine organization wellness clinics from 2016 to 2021, according to a caller study by researchers astatine Oregon Health & Science University.

The findings, published online today in nan journal JAMA Health Forum, provides a glimmer of dream amid a nationalist overdose pandemic that has claimed much than 100,000 lives successful nan United States successful each of nan past fewer years.

The study examined organization wellness centers serving low-income group chiefly successful West Coast states. Researchers recovered nan number of wellness attraction professionals prescribing buprenorphine accrued from 8.9% to 37.5% from 2016 to 2021 -; a important summation that researchers property to accrued authorities and national efforts to easiness nan expertise of clinicians to prescribe medicine to dainty addiction.

Buprenorphine, approved by nan Food and Drug Administration successful 2002, relieves withdrawal symptoms, cravings and pain. It normalizes encephalon usability by acting connected nan aforesaid target successful nan encephalon arsenic opioids aliases heroin. It's 1 of 3 medicines approved by nan FDA for curen of opioid dependence, on pinch methadone and naltrexone.

It's heartening. Over a 3rd of nan providers successful these organization wellness centers are penning prescriptions for buprenorphine."

Daniel Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H., lead author, subordinate professor successful nan OHSU-Oregon State University College of Pharmacy

Researchers examined information from 166 clinics successful nan web supported by Portland-based OCHIN, Inc. The study included much than 1,300 wellness attraction professionals that provided attraction for immoderate 570,000 group successful 2021.

In clinics successful agrarian areas, nan proportionality of wellness attraction professionals capable to prescribe buprenorphine was moreover greater, increasing from 20.3% to 52.7% successful 5 years.

"There's still a batch of activity to beryllium done," Hartung said. "But it's a measurement successful nan correct guidance erstwhile much providers person nan capacity to constitute prescriptions to dainty patients who want to beryllium treated."

In summation to Hartung, co-authors included Robert W. Voss, M.S., of OCHIN, Inc.; Steffani R. Bailey, Ph.D., and Nathalie Huguet, Ph.D., subordinate professors of family medicine successful nan OHSU School of Medicine; and John Muench, M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus of family medicine successful nan OHSU School of Medicine.


Journal reference:

Hartung, D. M., et al. (2024). Changes successful Buprenorphine Prescribing successful Community Health Centers. JAMA Health Forum.