Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Maine: Rural doctors need to support buprenorphine
A recent act of Congress allows a physician to treat up to 100 patients with buprenorphine, a medication for opiate addiction that avoids many of the disadvantages of methadone. But many general practitioners in rural Maine, where thousands of heroin addicts live, are not stepping up to the plate to administer buprenorphine treatment. This column in the Bangor Daily News asks why. The column might resonate with many other regions that have similar issues.