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A 31-year-old male asked:

can an emergency medicine (em) doctor practice addiction medicine? there's an em doctor on youtube who educates the public about substance abuse and he seems highly knowledgeable about the subject...?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
ADDICTION: YES ANY LICENSED DOCTOR CAN PRACTICE ADDICTION MEDICINE. IDEALLY THEY SHOULD HAVE AN OFFICE WHERE THEY CAN SEE AND EVALUATE PATIENTS. IN ADDITION IN THE USA THEY NEED TO HAVE A WAIVER AND AN EXTRA DEA NUMBER IN ORDER TO PRESCRIBE FOR ADDICTION PATIENTS.
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 38 years experience
Board certified?: An ER MD will be highly knowledgeable about Substance Use Disorders. A Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor will be the subject expert on all things in Addiction.

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