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The latest in substance use disorders and pain management education for healthcare providers

March 2023

Hello Anna,

On February 24, the DEA issued a proposed rule on the remote prescribing of controlled substances, including buprenorphine, after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Healthcare providers and telemedicine groups are concerned that the proposed restrictions are unnecessarily restrictive and impose a public health crisis for those needing access to behavioral health treatment.

"Lack of access to buprenorphine is a bigger threat to public health than the threat of buprenorphine diversion." - ASAM President-elect, Dr. Brian Hurley

Read more from STAT news

DEA is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until 11:59 pm on March 28. When commenting, refer to “Docket No. DEA-407” on all correspondence, including attachments.

Click here to comment by 3/28

For guidance on commenting as well as an overview with FAQs on the DEA proposed rule: A legal guide for practitioners, policymakers, and telemedicine companies

-The MACS Team


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The X-waiver for buprenorphine prescribing is gone. It’s time to spread the word

"Local media, national media, advocacy organizations, departments of health, and medical and scientific societies should be working in concert now to raise awareness about better access to buprenorphine. People with opioid use disorder need to know they can now ask their current health care providers for buprenorphine treatment..."

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The Incidence and Disparities in Use of Stigmatizing Language in Clinical Notes for Patients With Substance Use Disorder

Among 30,000 patient charts with SUD, this study found 61% contained stigmatizing language, with disproportionate percentages for Black patients and those with Medicaid.

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Opioid Epidemic Updates: “Frankenstein Opioids” and Xylazine-Induced Skin Ulcers

"Two new substances associated with illicit opioid use have been spreading in the United States and Canada, contributing to opioid use complications and overdoses... Family physicians have several responsibilities related to the spread of nitazines and xylazine."

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