Starting Buprenorphine: Is Timing Everything?
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 9, Number 4&5, July 2021
John O’Neal, MD
Dr. O’Neal has disclosed no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
When is an optimal time to start buprenorphine in order to keep patients in treatment? In this retrospective study, researchers compared treatment retention as a function of whether or not buprenorphine was prescribed on the day of initial evaluation. Same day prescription trended non-significantly towards improved retention.