“Medical schools are responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic by changing the way they train future doctors.
Over the past 15 years, many U.S. medical schools have begun offering lessons, courses and clinical rotations in drug addiction treatment and pain management, experts say, and some schools have added these topics to their required curriculum.
Faculty at schools that require all students to learn about addiction and pain say their goal is to ensure that graduates understand the differences between situations where an opioid prescription is an appropriate treatment for a pain condition and when it isn’t the best option.
Recent medical school graduates who received this training say it has helped them make decisions about whether to prescribe an opioid drug.”
Source: USNews.com – October 16, 2017