NATHAN BEGELMAN, M.D.; ROGER P. TARTER, M.D.
To the editor: The paper by Fultz and Senay about the treatment of methadone and heroin addicts (Ann Intern Med 82:815-818, 1975) is a fine review of a topic in which few physicians have any formal training. However, we believe two points deserve comment.
First, the review states that methadone-maintained patients should be started on the full once-a-day dosage given daily at their drug maintainance program. Such a procedure may be dangerous and result in overdosage. Many methadone-maintained patients skim off part of their total daily dosage for eventual illicit sale on the street. In other cases, less than the
NATHAN BEGELMAN, ROGER P. TARTER. Treatment of Addicts. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:580–581. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-4-580_2
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(4):580-581.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use