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
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BEGELMAN N, TARTER RP. Treatment of Addicts. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:580–581. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-4-580_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(4):580-581.
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