Buprenorphine Prescribing ‘Disappointingly Low’
“Few family doctors who complete the required training to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-addicted patients actually do, new research shows.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle showed that following completion of training, fewer than a third of physicians reported prescribing buprenorphine to treat addiction.”
“It’s actually quite frustrating because the problem of opioid addiction has grown enormously in the US over the last 15 years, to the extent that unintentional lethal overdoses from opioids now exceed the number of deaths from car accidents,” study investigator Roger A. Rosenblatt, MD, MPH, of the Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, told Medscape Medical News.”
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The study was published online March 10 in Annals of Family Medicine.
Source: Medscape.com – March 13, 2014