6/19/2014, Increase Access to Buprenorphine, Senators Urge Federal Officials

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/increase-access-buprenorphine-senators-urge-federal-officials/

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has proposed raising the patient limit to as high as 500 for doctors who complete 40 hours of training, the article notes.

Some federal officials said they do not want to raise the patient limit because buprenorphine can be abused. Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said buprenorphine overdoses are common in Europe, where the drug is more available. Raising the patient limit could lead to buprenorphine “pill mills,” some officials noted at the forum…

Since pill mills for bupe were reported on over a year ago, where have these “officials” been?

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