Many Doctors Who Prescribe Buprenorphine Could Be Treating More Patients: Study

Many doctors who are allowed to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction are treating many fewer patients than they could be, a new study finds.

More than 20 percent of doctors who have government waivers to prescribe buprenorphine treated three or fewer patients, and fewer than 10 percent treated more than 75 patients, NPR reports.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted when doctors were allowed to treat up to 30 patients at a time for the first year, and then up to 100 patients after that.

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Will Savage

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