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Letters Overprescribing and opioid crisis

Policy makers ignore the role of evidence based treatment for opioid dependence

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 06 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5519
  1. Ian Hamilton, lecturer
  1. Health Sciences, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
  1. ian.hamilton{at}

Makary and colleagues, refreshingly, acknowledge that doctors’ habits have contributed to the inappropriate introduction and management of opiates.1 I have some cautionary points to add. We must be careful that, in raising awareness of this matter, people who have a clear medical need for these drugs are not denied them; an over-reaction would …

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