DATA 2000 is short for The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, an act introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Joe Biden (D-DE).
This act allows doctors who meet certain requirements to treat opioid addiction with medications approved by the FDA for addiction therapy.
A couple of examples of these drugs are Subutex and Suboxone and are used for treating people addicted to drugs like heroin and OxyContin.
Requirements for Doctors
Requirements for doctors to be allowed to dispense these types of medications under the DATA 2000 act are a specialty certification under an approved organization like the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, or American Osteopathic.
Further qualifications include a valid DEA registration number, and of course an up-to-date state medical license. There are some exceptions but these are typically only for doctors who helped with the initial studies of buprenorphine.
The primary reason for DATA 2000 is to allow opioid addictions to be treated by primary care physicians, therefore making it easier for addicts to seek help.
DATA 2000 has provisions for doctors to receive a waiver in order to prescribe narcotics for addiction; the requirement for this waiver is to attend an 8 hour class from an approved medical organization.
When a doctor qualifies for this they receive a second DEA registration number and can treat as many as 30 patients for opioid addiction using drugs witht he active ingredient buprenorphine. If a doctor has had their waiver for a year or more they request in writing an increase to 100 patients.
A 2007 survey shows there were 20 million people who needed treatment for addiction to heroin and many other drugs including opiate pain relievers.
Thanks to DATA 2000 treatment for this type of addiction is much easier to receive since doctors who are permitted to treat addictions under this act are much more accessible than the treatment facilities of the past.