What If Primary Care Doctors Could Prescribe Methadone for Opioid Addiction?

What If Primary Care Doctors Could Prescribe Methadone for Opioid Addiction?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Opioid Misconceptions, Electric Scooters, Faith and Gang Violence

Episode: Opioid Misconceptions, Electric Scooters, Faith and Gang Violence

  • Jul 9, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 17:30 mins

Guest: Jeffrey Samet, MD, Chief of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, John Noble, MD Professor of General Internal Medicine and Professor of Public Health at Boston University, Vice Chair for Public Health in the Department of Medicine One hundred fifteen people die every day in the United States from an opioid overdose. President Trump’s plan to reduce that number echoes the call from public health experts to expand access to treatment services for people with opioid use disorder. In an opinion published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Samet argues for a fundamental change in how opioid addiction is treated in the US: He’d like to see primary care physicians prescribing methadone, rather than limiting methadone access only to specialized clinics.