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Medical News and Perspectives
October 20, 2004

Road to Recovery for Cocaine Users Can Start in Primary Care Setting

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1807-1809. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1807

Viewing illicit drug abuse as a chronic relapsing disorder, comparable with diabetes and hypertension, makes its management as much a concern for primary care practitioners as for specialists, experts in substance abuse treatment say.

“You don’t expect to cure diabetes. Treating drug abuse is not conceptually that different,” said David A. Gorelick, MD, PhD, chief of the clinical pharmacology section of the intramural research program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Baltimore, Md.

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