Dr. Jana Burson is a specialist in the treatment of opioid addiction with extensive experience in the use of methadone and buprenorphine. Dr. Burson sees patients in her private practice while also working in an opioid treatment program located in North Carolina.

Dr. Burson is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Following graduation from the Ohio State College of Medicine, she completed her internship & residency at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

Methadone.US is proud to feature Dr. Burson's blog, which provides both education and insightful perspective regarding current addiction treatment alternatives. Dr. Burson has treated thousands of opioid addicted individuals and is a passionate advocate for medication-assisted treatment. Currently, Dr. Burson is the medical director of Stepping Stone Wellness Center in lovely Boone, NC. She also has a book available for purchase online, Pain Pill Addiction: A Prescription for Hope.


Stepping Stone of Boone

Stepping Stone is a private, outpatient, medically assisted addiction treatment program located in Boone, NC. For more information, please contact: 828-265-7078, or visit the site.

Co-occurring medical issues complicate treatment of our patients at any age, but are more common in older (over fifty) patients. Any of our older patients who report chest pain need an immediate workup for coronary artery disease (CAD). Since almost all our patients smoke or have smoked, CAD occurs frequently. Few [...]
Wed, May 16, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Patients prescribed medication-assisted treatments with buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are getting older…as we all are. This is wonderful, because it means our patients are surviving, making it to old age. Methadone has been prescribed for the longest of the three, so we tend to see more older patients on it. Aging [...]
Thu, May 10, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
I had a great weekend. I went to the annual NC Addiction Medicine Conference, held in April each year, in Asheville. This year, I took an extra day off work and went to the pre-conference workshops, which I haven’t done in the past, because of poor planning on my part. I went [...]
Tue, May 01, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
This blog entry is about random thoughts careening through my brain today. Last week marked the eight-year anniversary of this blog. I started it in 2010, to promote a book I had written. The book did OK, but it’s out of date now. Things happen rapidly in the field of opioid [...]
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
A Canadian study, published late last year, showed co-prescribing of gabapentin and opioids was associated with significantly increased risk of opioid-related death. I’ve had a few of my patients on methadone or buprenorphine misuse gabapentin, and even had one patient end up in the emergency room with an overdose from a [...]
Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson