Drug Stealing M.D.

Check this out. Trust me, you won’t like what you see. This URL takes you to the story of an Anesthesiologist who was stealing drugs from patients for over 14 years. You can just read this short version, or you can go for the gusto and dig deeper here. In either of these pieces, you will see a report of a physician who was diverting drugs from patients, in many cases surgical cases that he was managing, and injecting them into himself. Two results. First, the doctor was obviously performing much of his work while impaired. Second and perhaps even more important, the patients from whom he was stealing drugs were often left to suffer silently through surgeries due to insufficient sedation. For 14 years!!!

Bottom Line. What do we learn from this? A couple of things. First, doctors are people too. They come in good and bad.

Second, people are reluctant to blow the whistle. Dr. Hay might still be engaged in his nasty business if he had not made the mistake of overdosing and passing out on the restroom floor, making the situation too tough for his colleagues to ignore.  

That’s unfortunate. I’m guessing whistle blowing on one of your physician colleagues who is displaying aberrant behavior is an implicit part of the Hippocratic Oath.  

What do you think?

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