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

Ashley E. Mitek, Stephanie Keating, William B. Weir, Maureen McMichael, Lauren Forsythe, Leslie McNeil, Christopher Seals, Greg Boozell, Holly Fuson, Ying Xiu, Devon W. Hague

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-166
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • curriculum
  • integration of online learning
  • online learning
  • opioid epidemic
  • opioid prescribing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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