Roughly half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single doctor who is able to prescribe buprenorphine, according to a study by the Rural Health Research Center.
Buprenorphine is used to treat opioid addiction, either by itself or combined with naloxone in the drug Suboxone. Only 52.5 percent of U.S. counties have a buprenorphine provider, according to the study,
Rural counties are least likely to have a provider: More than 60 percent of rural counties don’t have a single buprenorphine-qualified doctor.
Counties in the Northeast and on the West Coast are most likely to have a provider; counties in the Midwest are the least likely. In South Dakota, only four out of 66 counties have a provider, according to the study.