Senate Bill To Require Doctor Training To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Submitted on Jul 21, 2011

Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jay Rockefellar (WV) have co-sponsored a bill which would require doctors to undergo training for 'prescribing opiate-based narcotics." The training would include safe management of pain, identifying opiate addiction and other sources of pain management excluding opiate narcotics. Currently, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) does not require doctors to receive training in order to dispense opioid narcotics. This bill would also give $25 million for states to, "create or upgrade prescription drug monitoring systems." Read the full article here.