March 2013 | Volume 96 | Issue 3

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Table of Contents

 

ON THE COVER

The opioid crisis 
Combatting misuse through better prescribing
BY JEANNE METTNER


FEATURES

The medicine of addiction 
More physicians are needed to treat patients with alcohol and drug addiction.
BY SUZY FRISCH

Diversion detective 
As he takes on the issue of drug diversion, Mayo Clinic’s Keith Berge is questioning whether the consequences are tough enough.
BY KIM KISER

Stopping doctor-shoppers 
Minnesota’s Prescription Monitoring Program reduces abuse of controlled substances and improves care. Why aren’t more physicians using it? 
BY HOWARD BELL


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

The Rampant Abuse of Prescription Pain Medication 
BY CAROL FALKOWSKI

Opioid Use and Abuse: A Pain Clinic Perspective 
BY DAVID SCHULTZ, M.D.

A Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Hazelden’s Approach 
By MARVIN D. SEPPALA, M.D.

Neonatal Drug Withdrawal 
BY JANE E. BARTHELL, M.D., AND JEANNE D. MROZEK, M.D.


DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note

Letters

Pulse
Training doctors to combat opioid abuse, prescribing resources, the FDA’s new strategy

The Physician Advocate
The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics
A few minutes with Rep. Jim Abeler, news briefs, Day at the Capitol recap.


COMMENTARY

Moving addiction treatment into the 21st century 
Our treatment system needs an overhaul.
BY ANNE PYLKAS, M.D.

Why doctors prescribe opioids to known opioid abusers 
How cultural attitudes and financial disincentives affect the prescribing habits of physicians.
BY ANNE LEMBKE, M.D.


MEDLAW

Prescription opioid abuse: finding a feasable solution 
States employ different legislative strategies to curb misuse.
BY JULIANA MILHOFER, J.D.


END NOTE

Hypnos
A poem by GREGORY A. POLAND, M.D.