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The “X-waiver” — prescribing buprenorphine

The “X-waiver” (technically the DATA 2000 waiver) is a process that allows certain medical providers to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The use of buprenorphine (and Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) is a cornerstone of medication assisted treatment (MAT). While there is a lot of stigma and confusion surrounding the X-waiver (and even more surrounding MAT in general), the process is actually quite simple.

This lesson will discuss the X-waiver — the requirements, the application process, and what comes afterward.

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Treatment of Opioid Overdose

Many prehospital providers have the same burning questions — What exactly is an opioid? Which drugs are and aren’t opioids, again? Can you give too much naloxone? Treating an opioid overdose can actually be very simple once you understand what’s going on inside the body. Join us as we talk about how opioids work, how antagonists work, and how to safely and effectively treat a patient with an opioid overdose.

Part 1 of this lesson covers opioids and their molecular mechanisms. Part 2 of this lesson covers the treatment of opioid overdoses.

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