Addiction and Drug Abuse leading to Medical Malpractice
Nurses are supposed to care for their patients. They should always do what’s best for them, not for themselves. The problem is that some medical practitioners start caring more for their own addictions and fail to keep the well-being of their patients in mind. This alarming situation leads to medical malpractice, especially when the practitioner gives patients watered down drugs or even just an syringe of water instead of the medication that they are supposed to receive.
Medical Malpractice in a Nursing Home
The opioid epidemic is very real, so it should be no surprise that some medical practitioners in Northeast Ohio balance an addiction with caring for patients. However, what is surprising is what one nurse did. Michelle Brown worked at a nursing home in Lakewood, Ohio. Her addiction to opioids became so strong that she stole bottles of morphine and hydromorphone from a cart in the nursing home. Those medications were supposed to be administered via IV to patients in pain to keep them comfortable and pain-free. The issue arose when Brown replaced the opioids with, in this case, tap water.
When accused of the crime, Brown explained that she took some of the medication for her own personal use, and then filled each bottle or vial with water in order to hide that fact. She stole medication from suffering patients who needed it most, forcing them to be in unnecessary pain. She was criminally indicted in May, 2019.
This Happens More Often Than You Think
Cases like this are just the tip of the iceberg. Hospital workers end up addicted to drugs, or are already addicted when they get the job, and can only hide their problem for so long. Once they realize that they are surrounded by a plentiful source of medication, they find ways to steal it; a little here and there, not caring that their patients are receiving doctored versions of the drugs. Medical malpractice of this type is horrific and must never take place. When patients die due to improper and doctored medications, healthcare workers are often at fault. Thankfully, the family members of these patients have recourse.
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