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Penn Nursing Takes Pledge on Opioid Education

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As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, Penn Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Penn Nursing recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards.

“The abuse of opioids is a serious and growing problem across the United States and throughout the world, affecting not only individuals, but also families and communities,” said Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN.

“As nursing educators, we are committed to preparing our graduates to provide effective symptom management, to recognize the signs of addiction, and to consider the factors and determinants related to opioid abuse. Penn Nursing is proud to support and make a commitment to the CDC’s efforts to combat this growing problem.

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