Effort to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Did you know that Connecticut is one of 17 states where the mortality rate from unintentional drug overdose, primarily from prescription opioids, exceeds the death rate from motor vehicle accidents? Thankfully a team of Connecticut public officials led by ACP Fellow and CT DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen is now collaborating with other states and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to address this problem. The other physician on the team is Dr. Daniel G. Tobin, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and a member of our chapter’s Governor’s Council; Dr. Tobin has made the study and teaching of prescription drug abuse an area of academic focus. Together they recently attended an ASTHO-sponsored interstate summit in Washington D.C. to discuss challenges and best practices in the hope of reversing the scary statistic cited above. CT ACP members can familiarize themselves with the issues and learn how to help address the problem by reviewing an excellent article just published in the CT Mirror about the team’s efforts which can be accessed at this link.

Members looking for more education about prescribing opioids for chronic pain should consider attending the CME course sponsored by the Connecticut State Medical Society on September 25. You may have already received an announcement about this conference in the mail, but I have attached it here.

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