Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center
Medication is increasingly used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) in primary care. It incorporates medication (ie, buprenorphine) with behavioral therapy and/or psychosocial services. Targeted planning for co-location of DEA-waivered buprenorphine prescribers and behavioral health (BH) clinicians could increase the use of MOUD. Presently, less than half of all waivered prescribers, outside of hospitals, are co-located with BH clinicians.
This brief provides information on where co-location of DEA-waivered buprenorphine prescribers and BH clinicians occurs and among which type of providers. As this brief details, co-location varies geographically and by profession.