Trump’s Director of SAMHSA Creates Opioid Training for Physicians in the Opioid Epidemic Battle
When recently interviewed in the New York Times article, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, the Trump administration’s director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration aided in the creation of new training protocols for doctors who prescribe opioid based medications. There were also a number of rules set into place as those who can always prescribe medication, and what other levels of checks and balances will be required for doctors moving forward.
Other discussions mentioned throughout the article was the percentage of doctors who are able to prescribe the opioid based medication buprenorphine was a shockingly low percentage, and the amount of medical doctors who until recent years had very little exposure to addiction in medical school as well as their residency. There are a number of doctors out there who know too little about the disease of addiction. Dr. McCance-Katz even mentioned her primary care doctor who when asked about addiction said that she wasn’t the right person to speak with concerning the issue.
Is there a Solution for the Opioid Epidemic?
When asked what the solution of the problem would be Dr. McCance-Katz said that the way to address that is to bring addiction treatment into the mainstream of medicine. She mentioned most medical professionals do not want to treat addiction, but if it becomes a part of modern medicine then doctors will have no choice, it will just be another something that you do and compared it to high blood pressure and an example.
How We Can Help:
As a country there are many things we can all do to break the stigma surrounding opioid addiction and also the stigma around medication assisted treatment used in opioid addiction treatment. Education is key, educating people you come across with statistics from sites like the National Institute on Drug Abuse, because people tend to speak on matters without knowing all the facts. At Stepping Sober we take pride in only writing sourced facts in our articles and statistics from credible studies. If you want more resources to aid in your addiction debates or have a loved one suffering from addiction or substance abuse, call us anytime: 800-518-5205.