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Medication-Assisted Therapy

10 Dec 2019 5:15 PM | Tonya Gierke

Good afternoon,

I am trying to find out if there are any Boards that allow nurses to practice while using MAT.  If so, are there any additional restrictions or conditions that are imposed solely based on the fact that the nurse is using MAT?

I appreciate any feedback that anyone can provide.

Tonya Gierke, Assistant Director ArNAP

Comments

  • 14 Dec 2019 11:11 PM | John Furman
    Dear Tonya, Washington State allows all forms of MAT with approval of our Medical Director. This is in congruence with our state support of MAT (all forms incl. agonist and partial agonist) as a state of the art approach to treatment of SUD. We have not identified and/or experienced significant psychomotor impairment with the use of MAT and do not see a reason to prevent healthcare professionals from accessing best practice treatments. We have never experienced an adverse experience with MAT, in fact the nurses on MAT as a population do very well. We even consider shortening routine schedule drug access restrictions for nurses on MAT. One significant benefit of the use of Buprenorphine has been not as a MAT intervention but as a positive alternative to management of chronic pain conditions. That said we try to be discerning, for example we might only approve Naltrexone Rx for nurse anesthesiologists. Give me a call if you would like to discuss 206-999-9689 and/or I am sure that our Medical Director Dr. David Beck would also be available to discuss at any level. Sincerely, John Furman
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