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Hassan: Move to ease opioid treatment rules a step forward

File photo: This July 23, 2018 file photo shows packets of buprenorphine, a drug that controls...
File photo: This July 23, 2018 file photo shows packets of buprenorphine, a drug that controls heroin and opioid cravings.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 4:00 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire says a move by the Biden administration to ease decades-old requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using medication is a step in the right direction.

New guidelines announced Tuesday mean doctors and other health workers will no longer need extra hours of training to prescribe buprenorphine, a gold standard medicine that helps with cravings. And they no longer have to refer patients to counseling services.

Hassan, a Democrat, led a bipartisan effort to eliminate a waiver for prescribing buprenorphine. Hassan said the announcement “is a step forward in removing some of the barriers in accessing medication-assisted treatment.”

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