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Bipartisan Group of Doctors Introduce Resolution Encouraging Education on Opioid Prescribing

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Johnson City, September 18, 2018 | comments

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD) and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statements after introducing H.Con.Res. 136, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that all medical professionals should receive proper training on pain management and opioid prescribing:

“For too long, medical students and practitioners alike were taught that pain was a fifth vital sign and must be treated aggressively with opioids,” said Roe. “We now know, while these drugs certainly have a medical use, they are highly addictive and can quickly lead to abuse, even when properly prescribed. There is no silver bullet, but with more than 72,000 opioid-related deaths just last year, improving education for current practitioners and future generations of medical professionals on how to safely prescribe opioids based on the best medical evidence available is an important and necessary step. I applaud the steps already taken by our nation’s health education institutions, and encourage even more to be done to ensure we put an end to preventable opioid-related deaths.”

“Pain management is a complex, multifaceted skill that needs to be honed and refined just like any other aspect of a physician’s medical education. I am proud to co-lead this bill with my fellow physicians in Congress to encourage all providers to take pain management training seriously and regularly, and to go above and beyond the call of duty to help their patients who may be susceptible to opioid misuse,” said Ruiz.

“As a physician and Member of Congress, I believe we must continue to address our opioid epidemic from every available angle,” said Harris. “The physician community has taken tremendous steps to combat the epidemic and continuing to encourage responsible prescribing is critical to these efforts.”

“The opioid epidemic has reached a truly massive scale and impacted thousands upon thousands of our communities. As doctors, we must meet this challenge head-on. One step we can take to prevent opioid misuse is to ensure all providers receive dedicated training on addiction, pain management, and recommended prescribing,” said Bera. “We need to do more to make sure that doctors at all stages of their careers have the skills they need to address this crisis, and I am proud to work with doctors in both parties to bring attention to this issue.”

You can read the bill here.

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