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WVU forum helps doctors recognize opioid addiction

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 10:44 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — About 200 doctors are getting help in recognizing, treating and reporting addiction to opioid medications.

Federal health care experts and West Virginia University faculty are leading an all-day forum Friday in Morgantown to help physicians find a balance between treating and ensuring the safety of patients with chronic pain.

West Virginia has the country’s second-highest rate of prescription drug deaths, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller is backing two bills driven by the epidemic.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act would cut the number of opioid and methadone-related deaths through new training requirements for providers, consumer education and support for drug-monitoring programs.

Another bill would fund construction of more behavioral health centers.

At Rockefeller’s urging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided similar training last fall in Lewisburg.



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