Our coverage of primary care physicians’ views of addiction treatment and medication assisted treatment (MAT) brought quite a few comments from readers (see Looking Ahead—Addiction Treatment In The Post-Crisis Recovery). A recent study (see Medication For Opioid Use Disorder: A National Survey Of Primary Care Physicians) found that even though two thirds of physicians believe that addiction treatment is more effective with medication than without (67.1%)—and that consumers can safely use those medications (63.7%)—only 20% of physicians reported an interest in treating opioid use disorders (OUDs). Add to this picture a primary care landscape where physicians seldom screen for addiction…
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