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February 25, 2021

Overcoming Barriers to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Massachusetts General Hospital, Medicine, Charlestown
JAMA. 2021;325(12):1149-1150. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1741

On January 14, 2021, days before a change in presidential administrations, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan to publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder “pursuant to 21 USC §823(g)(2)(H)(i)(II),” a provision of the Drug Addiction and Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000).1 This announcement caused a mix of enthusiasm, skepticism, and confusion in the medical community, and the retraction of the plan to publish the guideline less than 2 weeks later by the Biden administration has created an opportunity for fundamental and needed reform.

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