Effect of lowering initiation thresholds in a primary care-based buprenorphine treatment program.

Affiliation

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Office-based buprenorphine treatment is effective for opioid use disorder. Scant research has examined programmatic factors impacting successful initiation of treatment. To increase initiation of eligible patients, our buprenorphine program implemented changes to lower treatment thresholds. Most notable among these was elimination of a requirement that patients demonstrate abstinence from stimulants prior to initiating buprenorphine.

Keywords

Buprenorphine,Cascade of care,Low-threshold,Opioid use disorder,Primary care,Stimulants,