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Scheduling Medical Residents at Boston University School of Medicine

Cohn, Amy; Root, Sarah; Kymissis, Carisa; Esses, Justin; Westmoreland, Niesha
ISSN: 0092-2102
CID: 4063642

Drug addiction in sickle cell disease: case report [Case Report]

Alao, Adekola O; Westmoreland, Niesha; Jindal, Shefali
There has been widespread speculation that patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) may become drug dependent if their painful crisis is treated with narcotics. However, there has been no scientific evidence to support this assertion. Paradoxically, individuals suffering from sickle cell disease who are not adequately treated may develop an addiction to narcotics due to self-medication to treat their pain. In this article, we describe a 38-year-old African American woman who became addicted to cocaine due to self-medication of her sickle cell pain with cocaine.
PMID: 12906347
ISSN: 0091-2174
CID: 4063632