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April 10, 2002

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cocaine Addiction

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1800-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

To the Editor: In explaining the absence of demonstrable benefits of acupuncture used in treating cocaine addiction in the study of Dr Margolin and colleagues,1 surely one of the least plausible explanations is that the protocol, which provided a maximum of a $20 per week reward, "fostered retention of more severely addicted, unmotivated patients," while better-motivated subjects were likely to drop out.