Call to widen addiction care

Fears that having drug-dependent patients in the waiting room could repel other patients are unfounded, according to a study that aims to encourage more GPs to prescribe opioid substitution therapy.

In a survey of more than 1100 patients, only 16% reported they would change their practice if it provided care for opiate-addicted patients — less than the proportion that would leave if the fees went up $10.

Crucially, only 12% of patients attending practices that prescribed opioid substitution therapy correctly identified this, according to the