President Obama today directed all federal agencies to require employees, contractors and clinical residents/trainees who prescribe controlled substances to complete training on appropriate prescribing of opioid medications within 18 months, and a refresher course every three years. Agencies that provide health care services or benefits also were directed to submit within 90 days a plan to address any identified barriers to accessing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders or practices inconsistent with reducing disorders and overdoses. State, local and private sector organizations also agreed to increase prescriber training, access to medication-assisted treatment, and use of state prescription drug monitoring programs.