Patient Kicks Doctor in the Chest While Giving Medical History

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

Patient Kicks Doctor in the Chest While Giving Medical History

The 41-year-old man accused of kicking his doctor in the chest at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was arrested for battery.   According to nwfdailynews.com , the doctor claimed he had been taking a medical history when the patient became agitated.  

The doctor was trying to determine if the man ended up in the hospital each month for the same complaints.  (I would assume these questions will become more and more routine, as we try to crack down on prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping.)  The doctor claims he advised the patient against taking opiates, when the man replied, “Watch me.”  

Then, he threatened the doctor, subsequently kicking him in the chest.  The man claims he had fallen asleep, when the doctor came in accusing him of several wrongdoings and taunting to “get him in trouble.”  The attacker said he “got fed up,” and kicked the doctor.

I did not really expect this kind of fallout from tightening the regulations on prescription opiates and doctor shopping, but I think we could see more cases like this as doctors are required to ask these questions to try to eliminate doctor shopping and drug seeking.

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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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