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Cox, Brian M and Cote, Thomas E and Lucki, Irwin . (2019) Addressing the opioid crisis: medical student Instruction in opiate drug pharmacology and pain management. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, jpet.119.257329 doi: 10.1124/jpet.119.257329

URL: http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2019/0...

The marked increase in deaths related to opioid drugs since 1999 was associated with an increase in the number of prescriptions for opioid drugs. This was accompanied by increasing demand for improved management of chronically painful conditions. These factors suggest that improvements are needed in the education of physicians with regard to the management of chronic pain, the optimal therapeutic application of opioid drugs, and the avoidance of substance use disorders. In this paper we address the evidence that physician education can influence prescribing practices and discuss approaches to enhancing the pre-clinical and clinical education of medical students in pain management and substance use disorders.


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