Buprenorphine waiver course: ED focus, all eligible provider welcome to attend


This eight-hour course prepares physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. The curriculum includes the science of addiction as a brain disorder, the pharmacology of buprenorphine, and the regulatory requirements around prescribing this medication. Attendees will learn to screen patients for treatment with buprenorphine and to manage the medication along with the patient's other medical needs in an office setting such as a primary care clinic. The course fulfills 8 hours of the training needed to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) requires physicians to complete 8 hours of approved training in order to be eligible for a waiver, and nurse practitioners and physician assistants to complete 24 hours.

Check-in for the course will be from 8:00am-8:30am, and the course will run from 8:30am-4:30pm.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Free parking is available on site.

This is an in-person training. There will not be an option to attend via webinar.

For questions the day of the event, please call Colleen LaBelle at 617-797-6712.


Upon completion of this 8 hour training, the participants will be able to:

  • Have 8 hours of training required to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to their patients with opioid dependence (addiction)
  • Identify and assess patients who are appropriate for treatment with buprenorphine
  • Have the specific knowledge concerning the use of buprenorphine to manage opioid dependence in the outpatient setting
  • Discuss the psychiatric and medical co-morbidities associated with opioid addiction

Intended audience

Physicians (MD, DO), Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS). 
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the DATA 2000 sponsor for this training.

Colleen T LaBelle MSN, RN-BC, CARN
Event Date: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Evidence-Based Practice
Opiates and Opioids
Berkshire Plaza Hotel
One West St
Pittsfield, MA 01202
No cost
Sponsored by BSAS: 
Contact Information
Lexie Bergeron
Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center
Operations Manager