Drug abuse by doctors puts patients at risk.

Unfortunately, doctors and nurses account for one of the highest rates of drug addiction in the workforce.  According to one news report, more than 100,000 healthcare professionals struggle with addiction, mostly involving pain medication such as Fentanyl and Oxycodone. One study showed that 10-12% of physicians will develop substance use disorder during their careers.

West Virginians were raised to trust our doctors.  We rely on them for advice so we can make informed healthcare decisions.  But, as studies show, an impaired physician lacks the capacity to provide the proper medical guidance and advice we need.

An addicted medical professional is more likely to cause an accident in the workplace or negligently treat a patient. They may be distracted on the job or abruptly leave important appointments or surgical procedures to use drugs. Some even perform surgery while under the influence of drugs putting patients in danger.

Common signs of addiction in doctors and nurses include:

  • Changing jobs frequently
  • Preferring night shifts where there is less supervision and more access to medication
  • Falling asleep on the job or in-between shifts
  • Volunteering often to administer narcotics to patients
  • Anxiousness about working overtime or extra shifts
  • Taking frequent bathroom breaks or unexplained absences
  • Smelling of alcohol or excessively using breath mints or mouthwash
  • Extreme financial, relationship or family stress
  • Glassy eyes or small pupils
  • Incomplete charting or repeated errors in paperwork

The experienced Charleston, WV personal injury attorneys, Preston & Salango, have decades of experience handling medical malpractice claims — including those involving medical professionals impaired by drugs.

Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.

Categories: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury