In a public hearing scheduled for today, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will appear at the State House to testify in support of new legislation filed by the Governor last month to address the heroin and prescription drug crisis in the state. As part of the testimony, 8 medical students from the state’s 4 medical schools are voicing support for the bill’s call for more and better education in addictive medicine. Student Helen Jack, from Harvard Medical School, summarized “We want to be a generation of physicians that can tackle the opioid crisis head-on.”
The Governor’s bill would require future prescribers to take 5-hours of pain management training as a part of their medical school curriculum. It also seeks to create a standard curriculum that would be applied to all 4 the of the state’s medical schools. Commenting on this initiative, state Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, said, “If this is a critical public health and medical issue, we need to make sure that everybody is getting the same baseline education.”
Read a news story, with link to a video segment on the proposed legislation, here.