Rising Rate of Propofol Abuse
Since the great boom in prescription pill abuse, there has been a lot of speculation as to who is at fault, or at least in identifying the greatest source of the medication on the streets. With several studies done, it was found that there were many factors contributing to the amount of prescription pills making it out onto the streets; one of which involved healthcare professionals. At first, it was just natural for many people to point the finger at these individuals because prescriptions generally originate from a doctor's hand on a piece of paper.
But addiction itself is truly the subject which is most to blame. Regardless of whether prescription pills are in the picture, addiction has for a long time caused problems for countless people and their families. Addiction isn't very picky when it comes to which individuals are more prone to succumbing to it. Race, religion, age, degree of study, profession and hobbies don't make much of a difference when it comes to the possibility of an individual becoming addicted to a substance. While many would gladly say "a doctor is much less likely to become addicted to a drug than a bartender," this may not be entirely true.
Yes, healthcare professionals do have to complete extensive schooling before they can practice. Yes, healthcare professionals often make more money than the general population. But no, none of these factors or other unlisted ones make healthcare professionals immune or less susceptible to drug abuse. Addiction can influence any person under the right circumstances and when you think of it, doctors more than anyone else have access and the ability to use prescription medication.
Propofol is a drug used to induce anesthesia for purposes such as invasive surgery and "would-be" extremely painful procedures if patients were conscious for them. The drug literally puts people to sleep and is one of the most powerful sedatives out there. Propofol is also consequently, one of the hardest drugs for the general public to get a hold of. A study done in March yielded surprising results that there were increasing numbers of healthcare professionals abusing the substance. While propofol has a rapid recovery time, and very few side effects considering other anesthetics, abuse can lead to almost immediate negative consequences.
Over time, the control over how propofol affects the brain diminishes more and more. With abuse it's extremely common for people to overdose, and end up seriously unconscious and even dead. The drug works so well that many people who abuse it sustain trauma to the head and facial injuries due to the fact that they pass out immediately after injecting the drug.
Once a healthcare professional is addicted to propofol, and even after they receive treatment for the addiction, returning to work can become a high-risk environment. Aside from the fact that many addicts relapse after or before completing rehabilitation, not many of them return to a work environment where they are in control of the very substances they were addicted to.
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