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Researchers define traits associated with prescription drug disorders in a primary care setting
Date:5/14/2010

Insurance, employment, income, education and age were not associated with substance use disorders of any type in this sample.

"This data strongly suggests that physicians treating patients with pain should assess for SUD prior to prescribing opioid analgesics," lead author Jane M. Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP, an associate professor of medicine and social and behavioral sciences at BUSM and a physician in the section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. "This research may help direct care, including treatment for pain substance use disorders, as primary care physicians may not be as aware of the overlap between pain and addictions. In particular, physicians may not think of assessing for time spent in jail, which was the largest predictor of having PDUD," said Liebschutz.


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