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Prescription drug abuse represents a serious and growing public health problem in the medical profession. Popular television dramas like "House" and "Nurse Jackie" present a glamorized side of the spreading addiction epidemic that most people don't believe is real. In real life, you have a right to know what you are getting into when you walk through the doors of a hospital or doctor's office.
Every time you undergo medical treatment or surgery with a drug-impaired professional, you are at risk of injury and fatal malpractice. In Addicted Healers, author Ethan O. Bryson breaks the code of silence by exposing:
What are the signs and symptoms of healthcare professionals' drug-seeking behavior
Which prescription and recreational drugs they are abusing
How healthcare professionals become addicted
Why the public needs to be proactive and get involved
Addicted Healers reveals how the healthcare industry and consumers can stop this expanding, silent epidemic. It also includes treatment options for impaired healthcare workers. Filled with real-life stories of addicted healthcare pros and descriptions of the easily accessed painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants they abuse, this book just might save your life.
|Publisher:||New Horizon Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Part I The Scope of the Epidemic
Chapter 1 Harm Caused by Addicted Healthcare Professionals 3
Chapter 2 A Problem More Common than You Think 17
Chapter 3 How Could This Affect Me? 27
Part II How Healthcare Professionals Become Addicted
Chapter 4 The Origins of Addiction 45
Chapter 5 Why Some Healthcare Professionals Become Addicted 59
Chapter 6 What Types of Prescription Drugs Healthcare Professionals Abuse 75
Part III Protecting Yourself from Addicted Healthcare Professionals
Chapter 7 Identifying Addicted Healthcare Professionals 89
Chapter 8 Reporting Impaired Healthcare Professionals 97
Chapter 9 Legal Issues and Addicted Healthcare Professionals 105
Part IV Help and Recovery for Addicted Healthcare Professionals
Chapter 10 Treatment Options 117
Chapter 11 Professional Health Programs 141
Chapter 12 Recovery and Prospects for Returning to Work 155
Part V what Needs to Be Done
Chapter 13 Proactive Measures to Prevent Harm 185
Conclusion: The Need for National Standards and Consistent Policy 199