By Biju George
“I will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.”
People with addiction seek the help of medical professionals in time of crisis. Does this mean that no medical professionals need help? The answer is they too sometimes need help. Both doctors and nurses are susceptible to drug addiction and they may even be more vulnerable than the general population. Surveys say that 15 % of medical professionals will abuse drug or alcohol some time in their career.
The research says that 8 to 15 % of the medical professionals are physically dependent to some addictive drugs. The risk is high in anaesthetic department and the emergency department as they have easy access to medicines. However, general physicians or paediatricians too can get addicted to various substances.
Why is there an increasing risk of drug abuse in medical professionals?
Types of Drug Abuse in Medical Professionals:
-The addiction in medical professionals varies from common painkillers to anaesthetic medicines. Some of them are as follows:
Codeine, Fentanyl, morphine, opium, other opioid pain relievers like oxycodone, meperidine, hydro morphine.
* Amphetimine, cocaine, methamphetamine, methylphenidate
* Anabolic Steroid: Anadrol, oxandrin
* Antihistamines – CPM
* Antitassive or cough syrups
Signs and symptoms of drug abuse in health professionals:
It seems to be very difficult to identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse in medical professionals because they have knowledge about the medicines and its side effects, and it helps them to hide the signs and symptoms for longer time. But the common signs and symptoms include:
Drug Addiction as a occupational Hazard:
In medical profession drug addiction is considered as occupational hazard, since there is a high risk to get addicted to the drugs in their career. So the hospital authority and occupational health team should take all precaution to avoid drug abuse.
How to prevent drug addiction in medical professionals:
The hospital authorities should take care to avoid or to prevent the addiction in the medical staffs. The precautions include
May all our medical professionals be free from drug abuse, so that they can serve the society in a better ways.
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