Drug-Addicted Doctors & Health Care Professionals?

Drug Addicted Doctors - PhysicianHealthProgram.comDoctors and other health care workers are addicted to drugs in the same proportion as the general population, around 10 to 14 percent. However, it is important to note that among medical professionals, it is emergency room workers, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists who are much more likely to abuse drugs.

Shouldn’t they know better? And what makes members of these three specialties particularly vulnerable? The issue is an important one. Caregivers hooked on drugs could be causing serious harm to the patients entrusted to their care. [Read more…]

Cross Addiction: Reality Or Myth?

Road - Cross Addiction Reality Or Myth - PhysicianHealthProgram.comIt has long been believed that prior addiction predisposes a person to trouble with drugs and alcohol in the future. According to many chemical dependency experts, once the addictive genie has escaped from its bottle, it will do everything in its power to protect and preserve its freedom, even if it has to switch its drug of choice. [Read more…]

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Against Psychiatric Boarding

On August 7, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the practice known as “psychiatric boarding” violates the law. Psychiatric boarding refers to housing psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms until space becomes available at specialized treatment facilities.

Supreme Court Psychiatric Boarding Violates Law - PhysicianHealthProgramIn 2013, The Seattle Times reported that psychiatric boarding had become an epidemic in Washington, with more than double the number of patients involuntarily detained in emergency rooms in 2013 than in 2011. The Washington Supreme Court decision [Read more…]

New Opioid Painkiller From Oxy Maker Purdue Pharma Receives Approval

By Lee Johnson

Oxy Creater’s Abusive Resistant Drug Approved - PhysicianHealthProgramThe prescription drug abuse epidemic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

There have been many suggested approaches to reducing the numbers of deaths from overdoses, but the fact remains that opioid (translation: narcotic) painkillers are always going to be open to abuse.

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The Inner Emptiness Of Addicts And How To Fill It

How To Fill The Inner Emptiness Of Addiction - PhysicianHealthProgramPeople who have never had a problem with addiction often find it hard to understand what makes addicts chase after drugs, alcohol or any other mind-altering substance. The disease of addiction starts long before the person picks up a drink or a drug. It starts with an inner emptiness that feels like it can’t be filled. [Read more…]

Fearful Feds Put New Limits On Addictive Painkillers

New Restrictions On Prescription Painkillers - PhysicianHealthProgramThe Drug Enforcement Administration announced in August that extra restrictions would soon be placed on prescription opioid painkillers. After a 45-day waiting period, these new regulations have now been activated, and the way narcotic pain medications are distributed has changed significantly as a result. [Read more…]

What Would Your Patients Say About You?

What-Would-Your-Patients-Say-About-YouWith instant access to virtually everything online, doctors don’t have the luxury of hiding behind a gatekeeper at the front desk or phone to prevent patients and would-be patients from learning more about them. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. With more consumer access to physician information, ratings and philosophy, doctors can improve their image and boost their credibility with clients they’re attempting to serve.

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Physicians Vulnerable to Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Physicians-Vulnerable-to-Prescription-Drug-Abuse-and -AddictionRecreational prescription drug use has exploded in recent decades. Part of the reason for the abuse is easy accessibility due to forgotten bottles left in medicine cabinets in homes. But when it comes to health care workers, their entire workplace can become a medicine cabinet. One physician recently spoke out, admitting he had stolen opiates from patients in order to support his addiction.

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Meeting the Needs of Older Patients

Elderly-Addicts-Suffering-in-SilenceIt’s no secret the world is getting grayer – not with respect to climate, but in terms of population advancing in years. In 2013, there were nearly 579 million people age 65 and older around the globe. By the year 2050 it is projected to be over 1.45 billion.

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Are Guidelines Needed for Medical Students’ Use of Social Media?

Are-Guidelines-Needed-for-Medical-Students-Use-of-Social-Media?These days everyone uses social media, including medical students and health care professionals. Where the use of social media gets blurry, in terms of ethical and professional considerations, is when those in the medical profession don’t separate personal from professional.

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