Magazine article Addiction Professional

Five Tips for Addiction Professionals

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Five Tips for Addiction Professionals

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1. Doctors who are familiar with treating addiction and who obtain an "X" number in order to prescribe buprenorphine should realize that the patient with an opioid addiction doesn't lose all bad habits in the first month or two he/she is placed on buprenorphine. Normal doctorpatient relations and treatment plans are based on a truthful exchange between the two parties. This is not true with most who have an addiction. In order to help and not enable your patient, assume that an unbelievable story is probably just that: a lie. Always use urine drug screens as reality checks. Your patient's dishonesty will decrease as he/she sees less need for it every day.

2. The near ubiquity of very inexpensive illicit imported fentanyl is causing it to be added to cocaine, marijuana and most other supplies of dealers. Realistic looking "Perc30s" have been found to contain no oxycodone but only illicit fentanyl. …

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