The ED-BRIDGE Buprenorphine Guide provides a practical framework for the use of buprenorphine as an effective short-term treatment for pain and opioid withdrawal, and a bridge to long-term treatment of opioid use disorder.

This clinical practice guide does not set a standard of care, rather it is an educational aid to practice. This guide does not set a single best course of management, nor does it include all available management options. It was developed by an interdisciplinary team based on published evidence and expert opinion; as the literature develops best practices may change.

This guide should never be used as a substitute for clinical judgement. Individual providers are responsible for assessing the unique circumstances and needs of each case. Adherence to this guide will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. This information is intended for healthcare providers and subject matter experts, it is not intended for use by patients and the general population.