Introduction to the Induction: A Primer to Starting Your Patient on Buprenorphine

This session focuses on the insights and perspectives of Poison Control Center clinicians in addressing opioid use disorder (OUD) care issues in our local region, including Delaware County, PA. You will learn what kinds of questions clinicians can have answered by calling the Opioid Assistance Resource Line or OAR Line, as well as get a sense of their expertise in reviewing diagnostic strategies & treatment protocols.

Due to the elimination of the DATA-Waiver Program or “X-waiver” via the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2023, it is easier than ever to initiate buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder for patients that are interested in using the medication to treat their OUD. This short will explore the benefits of using buprenorphine to help treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), how buprenorphine initiation has changed over time to prevent precipitated withdrawal, and some examples of more complex initiation procedures (low-dose or micro-dosing buprenorphine, cross-tapering with other medications for OUD, etc.) that clinicians can call the OAR Line for guidance on utilizing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits of using buprenorphine to help treat Opioid Use Disorder
  2. Explain why buprenorphine initiation has changed over time
  3. Recall that the Poison Control Center’s Opioid Assistance Resource (OAR) Line is available to support clinicians through initiating buprenorphine via a number of withdrawal management protocols


This seminar focuses on poison control and was delivered virtually at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on November 30, 2023.

Additional CHOP Resources:

  • Poison Control Center’s Opioid Assistance Resource (OAR) line at 267-426-5900 offers 24/7 support to clinicians managing patients with opioid use disorder
  • Penn’s CareConnect Warmline at 484-278-1679 includes a telehealth service that provides short prescriptions & Substance Use Navigators to connect patients to resources in their area & help them to establish care
  • Community Resource Connects is growing its resources for people with substance use disorders and their families in Delaware County, PA and beyond
  • Delaware County Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs provides funding for treatment services to all eligible Delaware County children, adults, and families

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