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Why Buprenorphine?

Learn more about what buprenorphine is, what the benefits of using buprenorphine are, and related resources.

Buprenorphine is available in both generic and commercial forms. Commonly prescribed forms combine buprenorphine with naloxone. Naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioids, was added to prevent misuse of buprenorphine. Learn more here.

"Buprenorphine ('bu-pre-'nôr-feen) (C29H41NO4) is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from thebaine, an alkaloid of the poppy Papaver somniferum. Click here to learn more about how it works.

A growing body of research supports the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine as part of a comprehensive opioid use disorder treatment program.

Research shows that medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine, as part of a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment plan, can help reduce the risk of overdose.

Presenting information about the cost-effectiveness of medication can help secure buy-in from administrators and others who question whether offering buprenorphine treatment makes business sense for the organization.

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