Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid addiction and overdoses affect increasing numbers of Americans and present a significant public health problem. Primary care providers can play an important role in identifying and treating patients who suffer from addiction. A variety of treatment options are available for addiction to drugs and alcohol. Medication-assisted treatment is highly effective in treating opioid addiction, and preventing overdoses

If you have patients in need of specialized treatment, visit or call the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week mental health helpine (1-888-NYC-WELL). Patients with opioid addiction can be successfully treated with buprenorphine or methadone. 

Training Resource

NYC DOHMH’s Buprenorphine Training and Technical Assistance Initiative provides free buprenorphine waiver training and technical assistance for physicians practicing in NYC. Buprenorphine is an effective medication for treatment of opioid use disorders, and can be prescribed in office-based primary care settings. Under current regulations, physicians are required to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine by completing a standardized, approved 8-hour training course on buprenorphine prescribing. For more information, including dates of upcoming trainings, please email buprenorphine@health.nyc.gov.

Provider Guides

Brochures and Posters

Buprenorphine pamphlet for patients:

Buprenorphine waiting room/exam room poster:

Also available by calling 311.

Additional Resources