AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2008, Volume 10, Number 1.

Ethics Poll

Ethical Issues in Diagnosing and Treating Addiction

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Excessive video game playing (online or television-supported) can become a behavioral addiction similar to compulsive gambling and should be recognized as an addiction by the medical community.

Does your physician screen for addictions during routine physicals?

Do you believe that opioids should be prescribed more readily for the purpose of pain relief?

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.