WSU offers addiction treatment training


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DAYTON — Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a live training session for physicians, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder.

The Ohio DEA DATA 2000 One-and-a-Half-Day Waiver Training will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and conclude on Thursday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in 120 White Hall at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton.

This training is a collaboration between Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

The training will consist of eight hours of waiver training and an additional four hours of training provided by OhioMHAS on low-dose prescribing, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) documentation standards, motivational interviewing and referral to behavioral health specialists.

The training is free. Continuing medical education (CME) credits will be provided by ASAM. For more information and to register for the training, go to goo.gl/eX3xHJ.

This is the second training session that has been offered at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Fifty-six people attended the first session offered in December 2017.

“We are pleased to offer this training to physicians, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants,” said S. Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “Because of the opioid epidemic that has hit Ohio and the rest of the nation, it is imperative that we offer health care professionals training to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based settings for patients with opioid use disorder.”

Physicians who want to take the training must currently be licensed to practice medicine. Residents with a training certificate may also take the training.

Certified nurse practitioners (CNPs) must currently be licensed under state law to prescribe Schedule III, IV or V medications for pain. All CNPs must subsequently complete 16 additional hours of online training provided by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Physician assistants must be licensed currently under state law to prescribe Schedule III, IV or V medications for pain. They must subsequently complete 16 additional hours of online training provided by ASAM.

Participants who attend the 12 hours of training and complete all paperwork with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within 90 days of the training will receive a stipend. The stipend is provided by OhioMHAS as part of a federal grant for Ohio prescribers. Participants must be licensed in the state of Ohio to receive the stipend. But all are welcome to take the training.

F. Stuart Leeds, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of family medicine and an expert in medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder, encourages health care providers to take the training.

“The waiver training will benefit health care providers across the spectrum, from those who just want to understand addiction and effective treatments for it, to those providers who wish to evaluate and treat opioid use disorders themselves,” Leeds said.

For more information, contact Mary Crane at 937-245-7218 or mary.crane@wright.edu.

If room is available, waivered prescribers who would like a refresher course and non-prescribers can sit in on the sessions, but they are not eligible for the stipend. Contact Crane to register. They should not go through the online registration.

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