According To Narconon More Health Care Professionals Abusing Anesthesia Drug

According To Narconon More Health Care Professionals Abusing Anesthesia Drug

Doctor SmilingHealth Magazine recently carried an article which described an increase in the rates of abuse and addiction of Propofol, a common type of anesthetic drug. The article focused on a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, which demonstrated that growing numbers of doctors and other health care professionals are now abusing this powerful drug, which is commonly referred to as “milk of anesthesia” based on the fact that it has a milky appearance. The study analyzed data gathered from a substance abuse treatment and rehab center which caters its services to addicts who work in the health care industry, and it found that most of those who checked in for treatment of Propofol abuse were themselves workers in the field of anesthesiology.

They had easy access to the drug in the course of their daily activities, and did not have to go to any great lengths to obtain the dosage. The fact that most of the addicts were trained in anesthesia delivery was also important in making it possible for them to use the drug once it was obtained, since it is not the type of drug which one can easily take and get high. Self-administration requires extensive training and knowledge of the techniques involved in intravenous delivery of drugs, and even minor mistakes can result in major complications. 

In most of the cases cited in the study, the doctor or nurse did not start out abusing Propofol with the purpose of getting high. Instead, they were using it as a way to squeeze in some deep sleep during a short rest period. Many medical professionals, and especially those working in the fields of surgery and anesthesiology, work long shifts and are given only brief breaks for sleep. Using Propofol, some find that they can put themselves into a more effective rest, with the result of waking up feeling refreshed and ready for another shift. Propofol is a hypnotic sedative, and this is how it works on a patient; it puts him or her into a very deep sleep. It is valued for the fact that patients are able to recover more quickly from its effects, and because it has fewer side effects than many other sedatives. Used improperly, however, Propofol has the potential to become addictive.

How Common Is Propofol Abuse

Of those doctors who started out using Propofol as a way to get a super power nap, many of them ended up becoming addicted. When it does not put the user to sleep, it is known to cause feelings of euphoria as well as hallucinations and loss of inhibition. Some checked into rehab after a single binge, recognizing that they were standing on the brink of disaster, while others allowed the habit to go on for several months and waited until some other event associated with their drug use gave them the motivation to stop, whether it was an accident or an injury while using Propofol. The results of this study should not be taken as a warning of an impending epidemic of Propofol abuse similar to the current epidemic of prescription painkillers: The study found only 22 Propofol patients over a period ranging from 1990 to 2010. It did, however, highlight that there has been a significant and noticeable increase in the rates of drug abuse among doctors and nurses. Drugs and addiction affect people from all walks of life, including trained medical professionals who of all people should know better. Don’t assume that those you care about, including the family doctor, will never try using drugs and that they are safe from addiction. Discuss the matter with your loved ones to make sure that they understand the dangers of drugs, even those which come from hospitals and pharmacies.

 Stopping Abuse Through Narconon

Narconon suggests the following for stopping abuse of Propofol:

  1. Implement a tracking system for use of the medication.
  2. Have more than one person sign for the meds each time they are used in a sort of ‘buddy’ monitoring system.
  3. Use drug screening on medical professionals who exhibit suspicious behavior.
  4. Look into drug free work place prevention seminars.
  5. Provide rehabilitation for those abusing.

With the above the issue can be minimized and ultimately resolved. If you know someone abusing Propofol contact Narconon for more information.