New Program Could Ready More Doctors To Fight Addiction

By Staff Writer

The need for more medical professionals with training in addiction is great, but until now there have been relatively few options for individuals to receive specialized instruction in this area. However, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry is leading an effort to change this.

MedCity News reports that the school is heading an effort to provide fellowship opportunities for new doctors in order to increase medical professionals’ knowledge of how to treat chemical dependency.

The program is part of a nation-wide initiative run by the American Board of Addiction Medicine taking place at several hospitals around the country. It is expected to help more people in need access important treatments.

While addiction and substance abuse are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. officials from the program told the news source that there are too few outlets for people to receive effective treatment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the U.S. is currently facing a critical shortage of all types of physicians, and this may soon begin impacting the ability of addiction treatment facilities to provide substance abuse help.