The researches find that the Buprenorphine and naltrexone can help break a person’s addiction to life-threatening opioid use disorder, but they can be hard for front-line, primary care providers to prescribe, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). Therefore “Currently; evidence-base treatment for opioid use disorders available to primary care physicians is not being delivere to patients in most primary care settings;” said Angela Stotts, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at McGovern Medical School. ”

The Buprenorphine and naltrexone

Before a physician can prescribe these drugs, he or she must get special training and receive a waiver. The patients must be monitor closely; including routine checks of the patients’ prescription histories.” To get more of these potentially lifesaving medications to people in need; Stotts and UTHealth colleagues Mohammad Zare, MD, and Thomas Northrup, Ph.D., are leading the Houston site of a nationwide clinical trial to increase buprenorphine prescription rates in primary care. It is call the PRimary Care Opioid Disorders (PROUD) study.

Primary care is a term used for the activity of a health care provider who acts as a first point of consultation for all patients. Continuity of care is also a key characteristic of primary care. But Primary care is an important form of health access for patients. Primary care involves the widest scope of health care including all ages of patients; patients of all socioeconomic and geographic origins; patients seeking to maintain optimal health; and patients with multiple chronic diseases. Common chronic illnesses include.

Overdosing on opioids

A 2009 report by the New England Healthcare Institute determined that an increased demand on primary care by older; sicker patients and decreased supply of primary care practitioners has led to a crisis in primary care delivery. The research identified a set of innovations that could enhance the quality; efficiency and effectiveness of primary care in the United States.

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; which describes the misuse of and addiction to opioids as a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. When patients and physicians were surveyed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about the effectiveness of buprenorphine; Because they reported on average an 80% reduction in illicit opioid use.In the study; a nurse care manager is assigned to a clinic to manage the patients with opioid use disorder and expedite the prescription process.