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Veterinary Education's Role in the Opioid Epidemic: Integration of an Online Safe Opioid Prescribing Course into the Core Curriculum.

Authors
  • Mitek, Ashley E1
  • Keating, Stephanie2
  • Weir, William B3
  • McMichael, Maureen M4
  • Forsythe, Lauren2
  • McNeil, Leslie5
  • Seals, Christopher2
  • Boozell, Greg2
  • Fuson, Holly2
  • Xiu, Ying2
  • Hague, Devon W2
  • 1 Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana, IL 61802 USA.
  • 2 University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana, IL 61802 USA.
  • 3 Carle Illinois College of Medicine, 807 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61820 USA.
  • 4 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL 36849 USA.
  • 5 Clinical Skills Learning Center, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana, IL 61802 USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of veterinary medical education
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2023
Volume
50
Issue
2
Pages
162–166
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3138/jvme-2021-0011
PMID: 35324420
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the opioid epidemic has worsened. Opioid-related deaths continue to rise, and many of these deaths can be traced to a prescription opioid. Because veterinarians prescribe opioids, many organizations and federal agencies have called for increased veterinary education on the topic. In this teaching tip, we review the current literature surrounding the veterinary profession's link to the opioid epidemic and one potential way that educational institutions can successfully and efficiently incorporate safe opioid prescribing training into the curriculum using an online course.

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