Substance Use Disorder Treatment Must Become Mainstream Says Former Obama Deputy Drug Czar

Tom McLellan, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Solutions at the University of Pennsylvania, said the substance abuse field has become segregated from the rest of medicine.

“Addiction is currently the only illness for which we have specialty care, but no meaningful involvement from primary care professionals such as GPs.  That means there is little available to treat those with substance use disorders before they get to the stage where we deem them addicts.”

Source: New Zealand Drug FoundationAugust 30, 2011