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Thousands of Florida doctors, dentists skip required opioid training

from Orlando Sentinel

About 1 in 4 Florida healthcare providers failed to take a two-hour continuing education course on proper opioid prescribing by the required Jan. 31 deadline, according to state officials. The Florida Department of Health now is preparing to send non-compliance letters advising the providers that they have 15 days to take the mandated course or face disciplinary action, agency spokesman Brad Dalton told The News Service of Florida. "If the department does not receive a response within 15 days from receipt of the notice, a formal complaint will be initiated," he said. The health department does not know how many providers took the course, only the overall compliance percentage, according to Dalton. more

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