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Buprenorphine Prescribing for Beginners: Tailored Training for Mental Health Care Providers


Published Date: 08/18/2023

CE Credit: No CE


This one-hour course will teach providers the basics of how to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). It will describe the core principles of buprenorphine treatment for OUD and discuss the pharmacology of buprenorphine. It will cover prescribing recommendations, guidance and implementation strategies for new buprenorphine prescribers. Finally, this training will also touch on best practices for buprenorphine initiation, dose stabilization, maintenance and discontinuation.

Disclaimer: Effective June 27, 2023 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a one-time requirement of 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for practitioners who are applying for or renewing their DEA licenseThis 1-hour ACCME-accredited course meets the DEA/SAMHSA requirement.


Nicholas Batson,MD

Nicholas Batson, MD is a physician specializing in behavioral health at Crystal Run Healthcare, a position he’s held for nearly ten years. He is board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent psychiatry. He leads Crystal Run’s Psychiatry division that serves children, adolescents and adults, as well as a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, developmental disorders, and substance use disorders.

Dr. Nicholas Batson earned his BA from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and earned his Medical Degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy St. Maarten. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC and completed his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. As well as, a Master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon.

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