Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ontarians with opioid addiction: study

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In this March 7, 2017 photo, Paul “Rip” Connell, CEO of Private Clinic North, a methadone clinic, shows a 35 mg liquid dose of methadone at the clinic in Rossville, Ga. In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers have sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts. Methadone has been used to treat opioid addiction for 40 years and is the cheapest option. (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles)

A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

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