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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  • David on Jul 2, 2009

    I enjoyed your artical thus far. I agree & can relate. Great writing Troy. Keep it up I look forward to part 2

  • Randi on Jul 2, 2009

    I know what you mean 100%. Tell the world, shout it from the roof tops !!!!!

  • Wes on Jul 2, 2009

    I am a nurse in a large city & I see this problem each day; I have even been part of it I just never had the cuts to tell it. Thanks for your courage, I am waiting for the rest of your story. God Bless yoy

  • Susan on Jul 2, 2009

    Thank you Troy. I feel you.

  • Karen on Jul 2, 2009

    Great Work, very honest.

  • Chris on Jul 2, 2009

    Great Work

  • Glynis Smy on Sep 11, 2010

    I look forward to reading more.

  • Cynthia Cox on Sep 25, 2010

    You are on the right path to sharing your helpful content. I see it to often in my rural state of US too. Structure, grammar, and format are the legistics of writing; the more you do it, the better you get. If you have good content, the rest just flourishes. Great job!

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