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To the editor: The epidemiologic discussion by Drs. Greene, Nightingale, and Dupont in the September issue (Ann Intern Med 83:402-411, 1975) of evolving patterns of drug use prompts me to beg my colleagues to look carefully and hard at their own drug-taking patterns. It is well known that the incidence of opiate and opioid addiction among physicians is some 20 to 30 times higher than in the general population. The malevolent combination of pressures from upward-striving and easy availability of opiates no doubt is behind this tragedy. The re-enforcing properties of intravenous opiates are extraordinary, and once an overworked, conscientious,
Addicted Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:221. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-84-2-221_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(2):221.
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