American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric Waiver Training

Pediatricians must complete 8 hours of training and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, to treat opioid use disorders in general medical settings. There are several options for training:

Online 8-Hour Course
AAP members can take the full 8-hour training online at Eight hours of CME credit will be awarded upon completion.

Live 8-Hour Course
If you are interested in delivering the 8-hour course in a live setting, OR you are interested in having an instructor travel to your location to give a live group training, email your request to [email protected].


Half Online / Half Live Option
The course can be delivered in “halves.” If you are interested in delivering this format, or want to request an instructor to deliver this format, email your request to [email protected]

Webinar Recordings

With funding from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the AAP held a webinar series on preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependence.

Take special note of the “Take Home Points” document that accompanies each webinar.

1. Unraveling the Mystery of Acute and Chronic Pain in the Child & Adolescent
2. Putting the Pieces Together: Strategies for Pain Management
3. Co-Occurring Psychiatric Illness and Substance Use in Youth
4. Rational Pain Management in Children With Chronic Medical Conditions
5. Demystifying Buprenorphine Prescribing for Youth With Opioid Use Disorders
6. Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the General Pediatrician

Training Simulations: Behavioral Health Intervention with Adolescents

These training simulations are free to AAP members and provide participants with effective brief intervention techniques for addressing substance use and mental health concerns with adolescents. The virtual simulations, developed by Kognito, strive to increase comfort and improve the quality of care, ultimately leading to positive patient behavioral change.
To access the course, go to
1. Create a new account
2. Follow the onscreen instructions
3. Choose your course
4. Click “LAUNCH”

State and National Fact Sheets

Access state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level.

Be part of the solution.

Join the AMA today and help us lead the effort
to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic.