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SAMHSA News Bulletin

Date: 7/27/2009
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Telephone: 240-276-2130

New Resource Provides Nurses with Current Information on Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses, a new manual which provides nurses with general information about buprenorphine products, is now available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The guide is #30 in the Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) series released by SAMHSA’s Knowledge Application Program (KAP). TAPs are compilations from various sources that provide practical guidance and information related to the delivery of treatment services to individuals with alcohol and drug abuse disorders, issued by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). TAP 30 serves as a resource in improving treatment outcomes for individuals receiving office-based treatment for opioid addiction.

TAP 30 addresses the following topics:
• Buprenorphine and the Role of the Nurse
• Buprenorphine Pharmacology
• Buprenorphine Treatment Protocols-Office-Based Treatment
• Precipitated Withdrawal and Withdrawal Symptoms
• Physicians’ and Patients’ Responsibilities
• Nursing Practice and the Use of Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

TAP 30: Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses is available on the Web at

Printed copies may be obtained free of charge by contacting SAMHSA’s Health Information Network by ordering on-line at
or by calling at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727). Request inventory number (SMA) 09-4376.  For related publications and information, visit

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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