October 3, 2012

Drug Control Office offers new tools in painkiller abuse fight

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

http://www.reneweveryday.com/assets/1/7/CMS_SPP.pngThis week, the White House launched another wave in its battle to stave off prescription drug abuse — training videos for physicians.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on Monday released two online modules. They are targeted to provide clinicians with training material and videos modeling doctor-patient conversations on the safe use of opioid analgesics for pain, reports David Pittman of MedPage Today.

The day of the content was released, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske said that the lack of training in prescribing such medication is one of the barriers to reducing medication abuse. Hopefully, the training videos will help ease that intelligence gap.

The launch of the tool builds upon previously announced Administration efforts to address the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic through a balanced public health and safety approach and support the Administration’s goal of reducing the misuse of prescription drug abuse by 15 percent by 2015.

http://www.reneweveryday.com/assets/1/7/CMS_MPPWARD.png“The videos show the way that the physicians interact with these patients, asking them questions that are sensitive and many physicians feel uncomfortable asking,” said Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Those that are viewing the videos, by seeing the examples, will feel more comfortable so that when they are faced with that situation they can use what they've learned.”

In an effort to make sure the videos are put to good use, Kerlikowske also called on professionals to let their collegues know of the online modules.

“We still believe that training in proper opioid prescribing should be a prerequisite for anyone who prescribes certain types of prescription drugs,” Kerlikowske said.

The video modules can be found here, through the National Institutes of Health.

Click here to read the full story on MedPage Today.



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