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July 27, 2011

Reducing Opioid Abuse and Diversion

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Intercede Healthcare, Houston, Texas (pimsxf@aol.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(4):381-383. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1040

To the Editor: The Commentary by Drs Volkow and McLellan1 contained a number of proposals that I believe are unrealistic in dealing with patients addicted to narcotics. It is widely known, for example, that narcotics are restricted substances and capable of being abused, so educating patients to keep their prescription narcotics under lock and key will have little effect.