Some believe that the opioid crisis in the United States has become an epidemic. Current statistics tell us that 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Some prescription pain relievers fall under the category of opioids. The abuse and addiction of pain medication often begins when a physician prescribes opioids after a patient experiences an injury.
Now that the abuse and over-prescribing of opioids has become more widely recognized, many are wondering what to do about this crisis. A medical school in New Jersey has taken a positive step in that direction. That school has become the first in the nation to train future doctors how to deal with the opioid epidemic – no matter their specialty.
Medication-Assisted Treatment – or MAT – has proven to work better than other kinds of programs used to help people who are trying to break the cycle of addiction. Low-dose narcotics that help to control cravings – such as buprenorphine and naloxone – are prescribed to recovering addicts.
But to prescribe these drugs, doctors must become federally certified through an in-depth course of study, and they must then pass a test. Even after completing the course, doctors must become licensed and registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to write prescriptions.
Since doctors in all specialties see patients who suffer from addiction, this course of action seems like a wise approach. Because residents in all parts of New Jersey are suffering terribly from the opioid crisis, it is a smart move to train medical students about MATs before they graduate, so that they are prepared before they begin their own practices.
Addiction can be caused by medical negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered addiction because of improper prescribing or medical care, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. With offices conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the state. Call us today at 732-777-0100 or contact us online for a free consultation.