The world of prescription drug abuse among medical professionals as told by survivor of that world.
MEDICAL MAYHEM: Prescription Drug Abuse Among Medical Professionals: A SURVIVOR’S TALE
PART ONE of TWO
Today’s medical industry is drifting into hidden chaos. It’s professionals; Doctors, nurses, medical assistants, even administrators; are abusing prescription drugs; daily. This is all hidden from you by the “white coat”. In the medical world; the white coat is equivalent to a police officer’s badge. I know this without a doubt; I wore one of these badges for many years.
My nightmare began in 2003. I had been out of college about a year; a new nurse practitioner, ready to save the world; & everyone in it. In addition to having an advanced medical degree; I also held a new commission as lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. I literally had the world by the tail. I had job offers coming in from everywhere; large salaries; large sign on bonus‘. I began work in the emergency department of a small rural hospital. The kind of place where everyone knew everyone. Not Mayberry, but close for today’s standards. I handled anywhere from 10 to 50 patients per 12 hour shift.
Before I get deeper into my story; allow me to quote some information & statistics from the NIDA, The National Institute for Drug Abuse. This will shed some light on the ever growing problem in America.
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