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Title 18 : Health


(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4752)
  • § 4752. Opioid addiction treatment system

    (a) The Departments of Health and of Vermont Health Access shall establish by rule a regional system of opioid addiction treatment.

    (b) The rules shall include the following requirements:

    (1) Patients shall receive appropriate, comprehensive assessment and therapy from a physician or advanced practice registered nurse and from a licensed clinical professional with clinical experience in addiction treatment, including a psychiatrist, master's- or doctorate-level psychologist, mental health counselor, clinical social worker, or drug and alcohol abuse counselor.

    (2) A medical assessment shall be conducted to determine whether pharmacological treatment, which may include methadone, buprenorphine, and other federally approved medications to treat opioid addiction, is medically appropriate.

    (3) A routine medical assessment of the appropriateness for the patient of continued pharmacological treatment based on protocols designed to encourage cessation of pharmacological treatment as medically appropriate for the individual treatment needs of the patient.

    (4) Controlled substances for use in federally approved pharmacological treatments for opioid addiction shall be dispensed only by:

    (A) a treatment program authorized by the Department of Health; or

    (B) a physician or advanced practice registered nurse who is not affiliated with an authorized treatment program but who meets federal requirements for use of controlled substances in the pharmacological treatment of opioid addiction.

    (5) Comprehensive education and training requirements shall apply for health care providers, pharmacists, and the licensed clinical professionals listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection, including relevant aspects of therapy and pharmacological treatment.

    (6) Patients shall abide by rules of conduct, violation of which may result in discharge from the treatment program, including:

    (A) provisions requiring urinalysis at such times as the program may direct;

    (B) restrictions on medication dispensing designed to prevent diversion of medications and to diminish the potential for patient relapse; and

    (C) such other rules of conduct as a provider authorized to provide treatment under subdivision (4) of this subsection (b) may require.

    (c) [Repealed.]  (Added 2011, No. 135 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 14, 2012; amended 2015, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 3.)