It’s a disheartening fact that as long as drug substances have been in existence, they have been abused in some way or another. And though it is quite plainly obvious that drug abuse and addiction affects the individual himself, what few individuals consider is that these problems also affect others around him, including his family members, friends, coworkers, community, and indeed even society as a whole. This is definitely alarming when you consider that a drug abusing or addicted individual’s job can place him in a position where his drug issues potentially jeopardize the health and lives of others.
Why Drug Addiction Occurs
In most cases, drugs are taken in response to some problem the individual has encountered. This is true whether the individual is consuming illicit or prescription drug substances, as they are trying to eliminate undesirable physical, mental or emotional sensations. Once the individual has determined that drugs help them in some way, they tend to continue using them indefinitely. Having found a solution that appears to work somewhat “magically,” the individual rarely continues searching for another solution for their problem. Unfortunately, continued drug use creates its own extensive problems.
Drug substances are foreign to the human body and interrupt the body’s normal patterns and routines in order to create their effects. In an attempt to cope with this, the body will attempt to integrate drugs into its normal patterns and routines, eventually tolerating the drug’s presence. When this occurs, the individual no longer experiences the same effects of drug use and is often driven to take higher quantities of drugs more frequently in order to try and force the desired effects.
When drug use continues past tolerance, the body grows to depend upon these substances, and actually “needs” them in order to function in its new state of normal. This is drug dependence, and it will drive the individual to compulsively continue their drug use, despite any and all consequences. Once an individual has fallen into the trap of drug addiction, their every thought, decision, and action revolve around obtaining and using more substances. This is what makes them particularly dangerous to others around them, especially when they work in the healthcare field.
Addiction Among Healthcare Workers
It is unfortunately not unusual for drug addicted healthcare workers to be prescription drug addicts, especially considering their close proximity and access to these drug substances. The addictiveness of prescription drugs is often greatly under-exaggerated, though the most addictive prescription drugs easily rival the most addictive illicit drugs. This presents numerous issues for the individual himself and jeopardizes the health and safety of their patients as the healthcare worker is completely unable to function properly, and can, therefore, make errors in care and treatment that have the potential to create life-threatening situations
In Tennessee, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee is attempting to protect patients from drug-addicted doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers by passing legislation that requires immediate disciplinary actions be taken against these individuals. Currently, there are delays in the disciplinary process that unfortunately allow drug-addicted healthcare workers to retain their licenses and even find new jobs while they are under investigation for failing or refusing a drug test. The new legislation would require employers to notify the state, identifying such individuals. Cases would be reviewed to determine whether immediate license suspension is warranted, or whether mandatory rehabilitation treatment should be enforced. Ultimately, the goal is to protect patients first and get individuals the help they need second.
The Bottom Line
Any individual who is suffering from drug abuse or addiction is potentially dangerous to others around him. Patients who trust their medical professional to assist them in their own health care needs have a right to know, with absolute certainty, that the professional helping them is completely capable of doing so, and not suffering from their own health issues and problems.
If someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, contact Narconon Freedom Center today at 877-639-2909 so they can receive the immediate help they need.