OPEN MINDS, The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Cover Story The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that buprenorphine was identified as a practical alternative for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction more than 20 years ago. Its distinctive pharmacological properties make it an effective and well-tolerated choice for treatment. Twenty years of research highlights its safety and effectiveness, and the Drug Addiction and Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) allows physicians, by means of a waiver program, to propose specifically approved forms of buprenorphine . . .
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