Legal matters

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The Legal Action Center’s MAT Advocacy Toolkit can help you fight for your right to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. MAT involves the use of medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), in combination with counseling. Dozens of studies have shown that MAT reduces illicit drug use, crime, and communicable disease. Yet courts, probation, parole, and child welfare officials often force people to stop MAT against their doctor’s recommendation.
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Legal Action Center
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Official federal regulations concerning the use of controlled substances. The regulations address registration, prescription, and schedules of controlled substances, among other topics pertaining to controlled substances.
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National Archives and Records Administration
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A web based database created by Purdue Pharmaceuticals that collects, collates, and analyzes pharmacy crime data. The site looks for patterns, trends, and similarites in the crimes being commited and dissiminates this information to law enforcement groups to aid in apprehending suspects and also sends it to pharmacies.
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Purdue Pharmaceuticals
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Patient Handouts: 
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This handout discusses how a prescribing physician may prepare for a visit from the DEA. Such visits are required by law for physicians prescribing buprenorphine, and involve things such as prescription and dispensing records, and adherence to prescribing limits on number of patients.
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PCSS
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The ASI Self-Report Form asks questions about the following topics: your background and employment, your health and family relationships, your legal situation, and your drug and alcohol use.
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Center for Health Care Evaluation (CHCE)
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This clinical guidance provides information about the requirements for storing, dispensing, and maintaining records for physicians who provide office-based opioid treatment.
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Physician Clinical Support System (PCSS)
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Description of the guidelines that encourage state medical boards to adopt consistent standards in terms of addiction care.
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Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc
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This 2006 document explains the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) role in regulation of controlled substances and the physician's legal responsibility to prescribe controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes.
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Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
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This presentation discusses diversion of Subutex® and Suboxone® both in a general sense and in the specific case of the RADARS system, a nonprofit governmental program through the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center.
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Nabarun Dasgupta, MPH (presentation from SAMHSA 2008 Buprenorphine Summit)
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Analyzes the misconceptions that arise from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and discusses when health care providers should use their professional judgment in deciding whether a disclosure is necessary.
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Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2005 Apr 13;293(14):1766-71.
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