As of November 2020, more than 50% of psychiatrists in Palm Beach County, Florida also hold a federal X waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment; this is the highest rate in a comparison of 24 large urban cities and counties with high rates of opioid overdoses. The lowest rate of waivered psychiatrists, 20%, was in Harris County, Texas, which encompasses the city of Houston.
In the 24 jurisdictions, across all types of clinical professionals eligible for the federal waivers to prescribe buprenorphine the waiver rate ranged from the high of nearly 10% in King County, Washington (which . . .