Addiction Expert Calls for More Doctors to Be Trained in Prescribing Suboxone

With great unmet demand for substance abuse treatment, addiction experts are looking for ways to expand treatment options. Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, talked with Join Together about ways to increase Suboxone treatment.

On why aren’t more doctors signing up for this program? Dr. McCance-Katz noted “there is not a big emphasis on treating substance abuse disorders in medical school or residency training, therefore many doctors come out without a broad knowledge base about how to treat these patients. There is some stigma around substance abuse patients, which comes from doctors not having a lot of experience with this population. So they aren’t comfortable or experienced in treating addiction disorders. Others simply don’t know about the program.”

Source: Join – September 16, 2011