Many Docs Still Don’t Understand Opioid Dependence

Doctors 613“Misperceptions about opioid dependence, including how to screen for and treat the disorder, continue to persist for the public and for many clinicians, new research suggests.

An online survey of 1,000 adults chosen at random plus 200 primary care physicians who were not addiction certified showed that almost half of the first group and a third of the latter said they believe that opioid dependence “is more of a psychological problem,” such as a lifestyle choice, than a chronic physical illness.

In addition, 35% of the clinicians admitted that they do not know much about opioid dependence; 66% said they feel that a low level of education is a likely cause of the disorder; and 57% said that low income was a likely cause.”

Source: – June 14, 2013