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Anesthesiologists Make Up 20% of Drug Addicted MDs

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Anesthesiologists Make Up 20% of Drug Addicted MDs

When I first came upon this article from Ottawa, I wondered if these statistics were merely Canadian statistics. I dug a little deeper into this story, to find that these stats are also true in the United States.

Anesthesiologists make up only 3% of all doctors, but they account for 20% to 30% of all drug addicted doctors. These numbers could actually be even higher because these statistics represent the anesthesiologists that enter treatment or get caught using drugs.

The anesthesiologist is nimble with a needle and has access to powerful, addicting drugs like fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. These doctors sometimes will even put a shunt in to be able to inject more discreetly while working in the hospital. This story is scary, and the statistics are staggering.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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