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Drug Abuse in the Medical Field A young girl goes to the hospital because she is running a high fever and has flu like symptoms upon arrival tests are run and the diagnoses is made The doctor on call gives the girl a prescription and sends her on her way The following day the symptoms are no better her fever is higher and she now has a rash The cause of the higher fever and newly discovered rash is not from the disease she was diagnosed with but the rash and fever are a result of inappropriate prescribing If the doctor had paid closer attention to what he had been doing the girl would not have the rash and her symptoms would be lessened This doctor prescribed a drug that the young girl was allergic to and that reacted with her disease If the doctor had read over her charts with more precision and know the effects and reactions of the drug he was prescribing this child would have had a speedy recovery This happens to all different kinds of people every day The next time you go to the docto r think about and even question whether your doctor has read your chart well enough to know your history and if he has been properly educated on the effects and reactions of the drug he is prescribing you Drug abuse is a growing problem today Though we are more familiar with intentional drug use by a person people are abusing drugs in the medical field every day The patients who are being abused by drug misuse may not even know they are a victim Doctors nurses and caregivers under medicate overmedicate and prescribe inappropriate medication to patients in hospitals doctors offices and nursing homes everyday both intentionally and unintentionally though most of the time the mistakes made is unintentional Doctors hospitals and nursing homes are all creditable institutions of people who at one
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