To the Editor Mr Botticelli and Dr Koh1 focused on the need to change the language of addiction to help frame the illness accurately and avoid judgments. Unfortunately, the authors used a term that has negative implications, a propensity to be misinterpreted, is poorly defined, does not reflect the current science, and does not promote evidence-based medicine. That term is addiction. If it is inappropriate to refer to a person as a substance abuser, rather than as a person with a substance use disorder, they should not be referred to as addicts either.
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