WVU Backs Obama’s Calls for Better Prescriber Education


West Virginia University said it supports President Barack Obama’s request for increased prescriber education nationwide. 

The president addressed the prescription drug epidemic Tuesday in Atlanta. He announced a number of new efforts to raise awareness and prevent overdose deaths. 

60 medical schools, including the WVU School of Medicine, also announced curriculum updates that will emphasize prescriber education. 

Dr. Patrick Marshalek said the school already focuses on prescriber education, but it wants to do more to prevent overdose deaths in the state.

“I think the fact that the med school curriculum committee devoted a specific thread to pain and addiction speaks volumes,” Marshalek said. “I think the curriculum is already in great shape, but this will help us stay out in front.”  

The president also announced more federal funding to expand access to treatment. Some of that money will go to community health centers and first responders. 

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