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February 22, 2006

Detoxification and Treating Opioid Dependence

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(8):886-888. doi:10.1001/jama.295.8.886-b

To the Editor: I am concerned about the use of the concept and term “dependence” in the Editorial regarding methods of detoxification by Dr O’Connor.1 In the context of the discussion related to the article by Dr Collins and colleagues,2 this use is misleading and is one of the reasons the medical community at large, along with patients, continue to have misconceptions that perpetuate a barrier to rational and effective pain management.

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