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Medications

Doctors who give addicts their drugs: Ignorance or malpractice?

As a recovered alcoholic, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that many doctors unwittingly commit malpractice when they prescribe a narcotic or benzodiazepine without first screening the patient for substance abuse.

Dr. John Christensen, photo Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Giving Xanax to an addict is a prescription for relapse. It's not a shame-on-you mistake. It's an irresponsible, negligent mistake that can be fatal. I'm not just talking about...
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