UA College of Medicine – Tucson Ups Its Commitment to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Mar 30, 2016

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has committed to enhancing its opioid and addiction education to align with the newly released U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

“Students currently learn about acute and chronic pain management, opiates and addiction, and as we revise our curriculum we will readdress the content in light of the new guidelines,” said Deputy Dean of Education Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP.

According to the CDC, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers is a major public health problem that kills nearly 15,000 Americans each year.

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