French field experience with buprenorphine.

@article{Auriacombe2004FrenchFE,
  title={French field experience with buprenorphine.},
  author={Marc Auriacombe and M{\'e}lina Fats{\'e}as and Jacques Dubernet and J P Daulou{\`e}de and Jean Tignol},
  journal={The American journal on addictions},
  year={2004},
  volume={13 Suppl 1},
  pages={S17-28}
}
In most European countries, methadone treatment is provided to only 20-30% of opiate abusers who need treatment due to regulations and concerns about safety. To address this need in France, all registered medical doctors since 1995 have been allowed to prescribe buprenorphine (BUP) without any special education or licensing. This led to treating approximately 65,000 patients per year with BUP, about ten times more than with more restrictive methadone policies. French physician compensation… CONTINUE READING
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