Among the many things med students will be learning this year are new regulations and treatment methods for dealing with and caring for patients with substance abuse problems including tobacco, prescription drugs and illicit substances according to NIDA. The current level of education on substance abuse varies drastically and for many isn’t enough to truly handle the expanding problem. The new curriculum promises to be much more effective in training future doctors to effectively handle these patients and their problems. Based on real world scenarios that can be worked with by medical students these lessons offer more consistent training and realistic ideas of what substance abuse and its effects truly look like.
Offering more specific health conditions and information for specific substance abuse problems will also help. For instance with methamphetamine users often deal with chest pain, based on what’s going on at the time and the way the patient interacts the doctor can better treat the symptoms of the addiction. It also means that the doctor can make a more informed decision. NIDA may expend these lessons into s specific course for medical accreditation. This allows educators to teach new doctors and better inform those that came before them.