Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Rosenblum and colleagues1 found that a high percentage of patients in methadone
maintenance therapy programs (MMTPs) reported chronic pain.The authors pointed
out that patients in MMTPs have been found to be more sensitive to pain in
laboratory conditions. Their data extend this experimental finding into clinical
practice, by demonstrating that patients in MMTPs complain of significantly
higher levels of pain than do those in general population.
Streltzer J, Kosten TR. Methadone Maintenance Therapy and Chronic Pain—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2403. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2403-a