January 17, 2017 – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) announces that it is partnering with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to offer new training courses that will allow physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat addiction involving opioid use.

Last November, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that NPs and PAs can immediately begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe buprenorphine to treat patients with addiction involving opioid use, as authorized by the recently passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).  NPs and PAs who complete the required training and seek to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 30 patients will be able to apply to do so early this year.

“ASAM is delighted to work with AANP and AAPA to facilitate training opportunities and support these clinicians as they work to fill the addiction treatment gap with evidence-based care. ASAM has worked for the past three years on joint training with AANP and AAPA on safe opioid prescribing and we are pleased to expand our joint offerings,” said R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM, ASAM’s President.

This joint offering is being made possible in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Indivior to each of the partner organizations. This support makes it possible to have free online training available starting today and offers NP and PA CE/CME credits for all 24 hours of training.

“AAPA and the PA community are committed to helping stem the national opioid epidemic.  Every day I hear from our PA members who are eager to utilize this new authority to treat their patients,” said AAPA President Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA.

“Nurse Practitioners will play a significant role in the reduction of overdose deaths as they become eligible to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. AANP believes the collaboration with ASAM and AAPA will provide excellent education so that NPs can meet the urgent need for increased access to care for this patient population,” said AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP.

ASAM looks forward to continuing to work with SAMHSA, AANP, AAPA, and other partners to facilitate these important training opportunities.

About the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Founded in 1954, ASAM is a professional society representing over 4,300 physicians, clinicians, and medical professionals – including NPs and PAs – in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. Visit ASAM.org to learn more.

Click here to take the free training.

About the American Academy of PAs (AAPA)

AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 115,500 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US territories, and the uniformed services. Visit AAPA.org to learn more. Click here to take the free training.

About the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

AANP is a national organization with more than 72,000 individual members, representing the interests of more than 220,000 US NPs of all specialties. The mission of AANP is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality healthcare through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. AANP has a long history of providing quality education and resources designed to enhance NP practice, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. Visit AANP.org to learn more.  Click hereto take the free training.

Read SAMHSA release here.

Read Federal Register Announcement here.