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Drug policy: we need brave politicians and open minds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7603 (Published 10 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7603

Drug policy: we probably need an "irrational authority"

"One thing is for certain. When society gives power of diagnosis and treatment to individuals within a group schooled in just one uncompromising model of addiction with the majority attributing their very own sobriety to that model, they will exercise that power to diagnose and treat anyone and everyone according to that model. The birth of Addiction Medicine as an ABMS accepted discipline is sure to be a success for the drug and alcohol testing and 12-step treatment industry, but its spawn is sure to be an inauspicious mark on the Profession and Guild of Medicine and a bane of society for years to come." ―Michael Lawrence Langan.(1)

References

1. DISRUPTED PHYSICIAN 101.2: “ADDICTION MEDICINE” IS A SELF-DESIGNATED PRACTICE SPECIALTY UNRECOGNIZED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES–(AN AMA CENSUS TERM INDICATING NEITHER TRAINING NOR COMPETENCE).
URL: http://disruptedphysician.com/2014/11/21/disrupted-physician-101-3-addic... (date accessed: December 17, 2014).

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 December 2014
Jorge Hernán Ramirez
Professor of Pharmacology
Universidad del Valle
Cl 4B No. 36-00