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Opioid Epidemic on the Rise; Mandatory Training Needed for Doctors to Prescribe Opioids


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Opioid Epidemic on the Rise; Mandatory Training Needed for Doctors to Prescribe Opioids

WASHINGTON - Mandatory training for doctors who prescribe powerful opioid painkillers should be required by law as a condition of obtaining or renewing their narcotics license, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in testimony today.

Wolfe testified before a joint meeting of two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committees. The two-day meeting, May 3-4, examines whether such mandatory training should be required before doctors are allowed to prescribe opioids.

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