Fourth Street Clinic’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Chris Smith, shares his experience treating OUD and the X-waiver for the Salt Lake Tribune. 

“At Fourth Street Clinic, we strive for a ‘no wrong door’ approach to meeting patient needs and helping them find the treatment that works best. Some individuals access traditional support resources throughout their lives, while others find recovery by reconnecting to work, important relationships and meaningful activities that take up the bulk of their time. Some may simply find a path to a less harmful place than they were before – progress, nonetheless.”

The X-waiver is the Drug Addiction Treatment Act, DATA 200, legislation that authorized outpatient use of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. In January 2023 the DEA released guidance that no longer requires an X-waiver to treat patients with buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.