“Congress explored the possibility of mandatory prescriber education to help stem the opioid epidemic, during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday afternoon.
The committee also discussed the potential impact of using telemedicine to help individuals with substance use disorders access treatment.
Physicians, pharmacists, and law enforcement officials shared their views of potential legislative actions intended to curb the opioid epidemic.
Andrew Kolodny, MD, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), urged Congress to legislate mandatory education for any clinician who intends to prescribe more than a 3-day supply of opioids.”
Source: MedPageToday.com – March 1, 2018