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Medical News & Perspectives
August 13, 2003

Office-Based Primary Care Physicians Called on to Treat the "New" Addict

JAMA. 2003;290(6):735-736. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.735

Chicago—Office-based physicians in general practice are being called to treat the "new" heroin addict—young professionals who dwell in tree-lined suburbs rather than disadvantaged youth scrabbling in the asphalt jungle.

While heroin traditionally has been associated with inner-city drug addicts, today's user is more and more likely to be an employed young professional living in the suburbs, said John F. Schneider, MD, PhD, immediate past president of the Illinois State Medical Society.