By Ana Radelat
Washington – The nation’s governors who have gathered here for an annual conference, have pressed the federal government for money to help them combat the epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin addiction that has resulted in a spike of overdoses and strained state public health systems.
The governors also shared with the Obama administration and each other policies they’ve implemented to confront the crisis. Some of the governors on the front line of the opioid epidemic seem also to be in the vanguard to fight it.
At a White House roundtable today, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts said his state has approved legislation that requires all graduates of the state’s medical and dental schools to take a course in pain medication management before they graduate.
Massachusetts also has set curriculums, especially for coaches at middle and high schools, that teach students and their parents about the benefits and risks of opioid medication.
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