How Physicians Can Find Training on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependency

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Research has shown that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – a combination of medication and psychosocial support such as counseling or evidence-based behavioral therapy – can be effective in treating opioid dependency.

Prescription-Bottles-pills-webThe Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 enables physicians to qualify to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine products if they are:

  • Licensed under state law
  • Registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to dispense controlled substances
  • Treating no more than 30 patients at a time within the first year
  • Qualified by training and/or certification

Physicians can complete an eight-hour training to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. They must also be able to refer patients to counseling and other services.

MAT Training Opportunities

The Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers a free, 8-hour online course for physicians who wish to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Access the online MAT waiver training.

You can find additional educational opportunities for physicians supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Training options include a course (The Providers Clinical Support System for MAT Self Study at the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine) that blends a live 4.25 webinar session with a 3.75 hour online session. 

Eligible nurses and physician assistants (PAs) must complete 24 hours of training to prescribe buprenorphine. Get details on training opportunities for nurses and PAs through PCSS here.

Additional Resources

SAMHSA offers a variety of MAT resources, including:

For Pennsylvania Medical Society resources on the opioid abuse crisis, visit

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