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Fed. Gov. Raises Buprenorphine Cap To Combat Addiction

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services increased the number of patients a doctor can prescribe buprenorphine to as part of the effort to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.

Doctors can now prescribe the opioid addiction treatment drug buprenorphine to up to 275 patients each year, an increase of 175 from the previous patient cap.

Buprenorphine is an opioid addiction treatment drug that is similar to methadone. The drug works by targeting the same parts of the brain that opioids do, ultimately reducing drug cravings. Buprenorphine is a tablet that can be taken at home, but patients have to travel to clinics to be administered methadone.

"When we're talking about a state like Indiana that has such a huge rural population- and a rural population where we've been seeing a lot of problems with opioid abuse, they don't have access to treatment and often have barriers getting to treatment on a regular basis," says Dr. Dennis Watson, assistant professor IUPUI.

A little less than half of Indiana's 92 counties have physicians who are licensed to prescribe buprenorphine. Watson says he has heard of patients forced to travel up to 2 hours one way just to get the treatment they need on a daily basis.

It's controversial to use an opioid, like buprenorphine or methodone, to treat an opioid addiction. Dr. Walter Smitson is the director of the outpatient clinic at the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry. Smitson says buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, is a good solution for the patients he subscribes it to.

"I believe that if I can put you on two to five milligrams of Suboxone and that allows you to keep a job or it allows you to monitor your family, I think that's a great outcome for society and for the patient," Smitson says.

Dr. Watson agrees.

"Being able to have a drug that has a low abuse potential, that has a low diversion potential, that can be prescribed for people to take home to eliminate those barriers, could be incredibly valuable for keeping people in treatment," Watson says.

Doctors are required to apply for the higher cap.

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