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College Signs White House Pledge Addressing Prescription Opiate Abuse and Dependence

“New York Medical College is devoted to supporting efforts to address the problems of excessive opiate prescription across the nation,”

Date: April 13, 2016
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NYMC Joins Medical Schools Across the County who Pledge to Provide Prescriber Education

Valhalla, N.Y., April 13, 2016– At the recent National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, President Obama remarked that addressing the epidemic of prescription pill addiction and overdose is a priority for his administration. According to the White House website, President Obama is prioritizing this issue through increased efforts to expand access to treatment, prevent overdose deaths, and increase community prevention strategies.

“New York Medical College is devoted to supporting efforts to address the problems of excessive opiate prescription across the nation,” said Dean of the School of Medicine at NYMC, D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A. “Providing the necessary education on proper prescription of all opiates is just one vital step in the process of dramatically lowering the amount of overdose deaths that occur each year.”

In coordination with the national attention this issue is receiving, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released a statement signed by 69 member medical schools, including New York Medical College. These member schools have pledged to, at minimum, “require their students to take some form of prescriber education, in line with the newly-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, in order to graduate.”

The new NYMC curriculum that tackles this national public health issue will be fully integrated during the fall. Students will be educated on the dangers of overprescribing opiate painkillers and the ways this issue can contribute to abuse and dependence. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey, a major clinical affiliate site of NYMC, recently announced it is stopping the prescription of opioids in its emergency medicine department.

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