Starting next year every medical doctor in Georgia will be required to undergo opioid training.
Prescription opioids are strong pain medications which include medicines such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine to name a few. All of these medicines have both benefits and risks.
These medications, when correctly prescribed and used, can help treat pain for targeted medical situations.
When these medicines are misused or abused, there will be harmful effects, including addiction, overdose, and death.
The Georgia Medical Board is requiring new training for doctors in the state to better combat the opioid epidemic.
Other doctors across the state are not pleased with this mandate and are pushing back because they believe this will make their job treating patients less efficient and burdensome.
The new mandated training gives proper instruction about how to prescribe these pain medicines along with recognizing signs of drug abuse.
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports opioid abuse has killed approximately 33,000 people.