Well, even us "simple" folk are capable of extending common courtesy.<quoted text>
I'm amazed to read this. Thank you for your fairness and your interest in accuracy.
It's apparent from the many citations that we have seen roll by that the language in this area is not standardized yet, and even professionals are still using the words "dependence" and "addiction" interchangeably.
But there has been a huge effort coming from the pain medicine, palliative medicine and addiction medicine people to change this. The differences are significant, and we don't want them confused. We don't want people that have developed some dependence from long term opioid use to think of themselves as drug addicts.
Our little friend is out of date, and had been referring to any article he can find that uses the phrase "physical addiction," an idea we want to be done with.