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October 23/30, 2013

Physician Education in Addiction Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3US National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2013;310(16):1673-1674. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280377

Substance use disorders contribute substantially to the global burden of disease,1 with hospitals and medical clinics often clogged with the primary and secondary sequelae of these conditions in the United States.2 Yet many in the medical community fail to diagnose and treat substance use disorders, in part because of the failure to educate physicians about addiction medicine.