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New online resources for opioid prescribers now available on NIDA’s website


October 31, 2012

Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs

New training materials for health providers who prescribe or counsel patients about opioids for pain relief, are now available on NIDA’s website. The two courses, entitled Safe Prescribing for Pain and Managing Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs, include video vignettes modeling doctor patient conversations on the safe and effective use of opioid pain medications. The materials are part of the NIDAMED initiative, to help physicians, medical interns and residents, and other clinicians understand and address the complex problem of prescription drug abuse.

The educational modules are currently being offered for continuing medical education (CME) credit on the Medscape website.  Over 20,000 clinicians have already completed these courses since their launch on October 1, 2012.  The modules—now available on the NIDA website (not for CME credit)—can be adapted for use in the syllabi of academic medical schools.

The training materials are funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Read more here. For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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    NIDA. (2012, October 31). New online resources for opioid prescribers now available on NIDA’s website. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2012/10/new-online-resources-opioid-prescribers-now-available-nidas-website

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