State medical schools develop curriculum to fight drug addiction

Medical students will be taught to check patients for risk of substance abuse

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker is partnering with medical schools to develop a core curriculum for aspiring nurses and doctors to deal with drug addiction prevention and pain management. More than 1,500 Massachusetts residents died from a heroin or prescription drug overdose in 2015.

The state is trying to improve the way doctors, nurses and prospective medical professionals treat pain, especially with prescription drugs. The Baker administration collaborated with the state’s medical schools to develop this new set of core competencies for students. It will involve evaluating the patient’s pain and checking their risk for substance abuse disorders.

The framework is centered on how substance abuse is a chronic disease and to eliminate the stigma around addiction. Baker told 22News “We’re going to be fortunate enough to have students who will graduate who go out into programs that, in some respects, will be teaching up to many of their colleagues on the clinical side.”

All four of the state’s medical schools are on board with the new curriculum, including UMass Medical School.

Comments are closed.