The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) had launched a new online training program that will improve the way doctors prescribe painkillers to patients.
The training materials include videos of doctor-patient conversations on the safe and effective use of opioid pain medications, as well as two online continuing medical education (CME) modules for doctors.
“It’s no coincidence that our strategy to address our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic begins with education,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, in a news release. “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.”
NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow added that the CME courses will offer healthcare providers practical instruction in screening pain patients before prescribing medications. Additionally, the modules will help medical professionals in identifying when patients are already abusing their prescription medicines.
“Physicians can be the first line of defense against prescription drug abuse by knowing how to prescribe opioid pain medications safely and effectively,” Volkow said.