Pharmacy-Based Buprenorphine Initiation: An Evolving Care Model for Marginalized People

In this presentation, we will consider the need for expanded models of medications for opioid use disorder and how a pharmacy-based buprenorphine care approach could work.  The talk will overview findings of a recent study of pharmacy-based induction and maintenance therapy with buprenorphine in Rhode Island, and prospects for adopting this model for other substance use disorders and medications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the urgent need for barrier-free buprenorphine access.
  2. Explain the key elements of a novel collaborative model of pharmacy-based buprenorphine induction.
  3. Describe the characteristics of the participants in the model and factors associated with pharmacy-based induction success
  4. Consider prospects and possible models of pharmacy-based methadone care


Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Traci Green
    Traci Green
    PhD, MSc

    Professor and Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, Brandeis
    Dr. Green is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on drug use, opioid use disorder, and drug-related injury. She earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University. She helped design the ASI-MV®, a real-time illicit and prescription drug misuse surveillance system developed by Inflexxion, Inc. Prior to joining the Heller School at Brandeis, she served as Deputy Director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She co-directs the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital and is an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and the Brown School of Public Health.

    Dr. Green created the web app platform to support the growth and excellence of community drug checking. She helped co-found for prescribers and pharmacists and its companion site for families, patients, and community organizations.


Jun 20 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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