A new online training program to assist doctors with responsible prescribing of opioid medications has been launched by The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
The goal of the program is to reduce opioid abuse, according to the Boston Globe.
Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy released the following statement: “It’s no coincidence that our strategy to address our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic begins with education. All of us – parents, patients, and prescribers – have a shared responsibility to learn more about this challenge and act to save lives. Prescribers in particular play a critical role in this national effort and I strongly encourage them to take advantage of this training to ensure the safe and appropriate use of painkillers.”
Included in the training materials are two online continuing medical educational courses for physicians. These courses, “provide practical guidance for clinicians in screening their pain patients for risk factors before prescribing. They also help medical professionals identify when patients are abusing their medications, using videos that model effective communication about sensitive issues, without losing sight of addressing pain,” according to Nora D. Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse Director.