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.