Medical Students Demand Better Training to Tackle Opioid Crisis

STAT NEWS (5/17) – Calling their curriculum deficient, students at Harvard Medical School are teaching themselves how to treat opioid addiction — joining the ranks of critics who say medical schools across the country aren’t doing enough to prepare doctors for a deadly crisis. This spring, students at Harvard have organized their own trainings on how to use new medication to treat opioid addiction. And they’ve launched a campaign to raise awareness about how to buy and use naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug. The efforts take place amid a surge in deaths from opioid overdoses, which killed an estimated 28,000 people in the United States in 2014. At least half of those deaths involved a drug prescribed by a doctor. Read more

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