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Issue Brief: Reducing Overdose via Provider Education

posted on Tue, Sep 1 2015 3:56 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Despite the high burden of substance use disorders and the dramatic increase in overdose deaths in the United States, most medical professionals receive little training on pain management, opioid prescribing, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. A small number of states have begun to address these shortcomings through legal and regulatory changes, including requiring physicians to receive continuing medical education on controlled substance prescribing best practices, and legislation recently introduced in Congress would extend these efforts nationally.

Recently, however, improving physician education in the areas of appropriate prescribing and effective response to substance use disorder has been identified as a priority for the profession. This resource examines state and federal efforts to improve substance use disorder treatment through physician education.

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