Opinion: Better addiction training on horizon
Imagine a known and immensely costly medical condition. Consider this illness has been the subject of great study, with research breakthroughs providing a clear description of its causes and treatment. Imagine that, despite this, hospitals and physicians' offices are often clogged with consequences of this condition all because of the widespread failure of the medical community to apply what has been learned to effectively diagnose and treat it.
Sadly, you don't have to imagine. The illness is addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The failure to train physicians and other health professionals in addiction medicine helps explain why this remarkable set of circumstances has persisted for so long.
Why is this so?
Evan Wood reports