The current opioid epidemic was the focus of discussion during the Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit in Kansas City. The summit, organized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and other community agencies, brought together leaders in health care, education, law enforcement and the recovery community to discuss the growing problem plaguing many American families.
Darrin D’Agostino, DO, Executive Dean of KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, was invited to take part in a panel discussion. He calls the epidemic, “a health care crisis.” He discussed gaps in medical education.
“It’s real. We have to have this conversation. We have to talk about it,” Dr. D’Agostino said to a group of reporters at the end of the summit. “Medical education does need to start thinking about those things that are important for patients, and then carry that through from the medical school into residencies and out into practice.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 American dies daily after overdosing on opioids. The goal of the summit is to begin a conversation about the problem, come up with a working solution, and end the stigma of addiction.
Watch more of Dr. D’Agostino’s comments here: