8-Hour DEA Training

8-Hour Education Options

  • Online 8-Hour MOUD Training
  • Online 8-Hour MSUD Training (only course that provides pharmacology CE)
  • Online 16-Hour MOUD Training
  • In Person and Live Webinar Trainings
  • Medical Student Online 8-Hour Training (No CE)

For state specific training requirements, please contact your state medical board found here: Federation of State Medical Boards: Contact a State Medical Board

View the DEA: MATE Act Training Requirements (Video)

Navigating the New DEA 8-Hour Training Requirement for SUDs: What Prescribers Should Know

A new law soon goes into effect that requires new or renewing DEA licensees, as of June 27, 2023, to have completed a total of at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain. Dr Yngvild Olsen, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, joins American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to discuss the requirements going into effect, what should clinicians know about the changes, and how to best prepare.

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Learn about the 3 medications for the treatment of OUD:


Buprenorphine works similarly to methadone, but only partially activates opioid receptors, often reducing drug use and protecting patients from overdose. Because buprenorphine is considered safer than methadone, less monitoring is needed, and it can be prescribed by primary care providers who complete a special training course.

Buprenorphine Quick Start Guide

SAMHSA has developed a Buprenorphine Quick Start Guide for practitioners looking to prescribe buprenorphine.


Methadone works by activating opioid receptors in the brain, and blocking the effects of heroin and painkillers. Patients taking methadone often have less craving for heroin/opioids and less withdrawal symptoms. As a result, they tend to use less heroin, have fewer medical complications, and often have improved social and work functioning. Methadone is one of the most effective medications we have, however it is a potent medication and can cause sedation, even death. Therefore, dispensing methadone is highly regulated and it can only be used in Opioid Treatment Programs.


Naltrexone works differently from methadone or buprenorphine. It completely blocks opioid receptors, and is used after detoxification to prevent relapse. It has no abuse potential, no overdose risk, and there is no withdrawal when the medication is stopped. Naltrexone can be administered in a primary care physician’s office with single doses effective for up to 30 days.