Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Supports Expanded Suboxone Training

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke at Harvard Medical School about local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. During the Q&A period, SCA member Danielle Back asked Dr. Murthy if he would support integrating suboxone into medical school curricula nationwide. Dr. Murthy responded that he would support expanded suboxone training for medical students nationwide because, “people living with substance use disorders don’t always have easy access to the medical system […] We should be moving towards essentially a ‘no wrong door policy,’ whereby any interaction with the healthcare system enables someone living with addiction to be able to encounter someone who can provide them with treatment.”

He concludes,  “I would be supportive of expanding our treatment and thinking about substance use treatment as part of the basic toolkit that every physician should have.”

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