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Imagine being a Hospital patient recovering from major surgery, and are supposed to get pain medication to ease pain and aid in your recovery. What you get in your IV is saline instead. That is one example of how drug diversion works. A trusted medical professional has developed a drug addiction and steals your pain medicine for his or her personal use.
There are reportedly over 100,000 incidents annually of doctors, nurses, and medical workers, and other addicted medical professionals working every day, who should be caring for you, but are dealing with their own addiction, while attempting to provide care for you. All aspects of the medical profession are involved, from the clean up person, to the nurse, to the physician.
As with addiction in other walks of life, drugs have the same deleterious effects on the drug abusers. The major problem here is patients end up in medical facilities to be healed but might become victimized by personnel that have developed a dependency on drugs.
While there are federal laws prohibiting such behavior, it continues on, and there are no standardized programs to deal with this problem. As a potential patient, that should cause great concern to you. Now you can imagine how a compromised medical professional, for example, a coroner, who’s word is final could become suspect.
The scary thing is, often when personnel are caught diverting or stealing drugs they might be disciplined, relocated to other assignments within the same institution, or worst, let go to seek employment elsewhere without revealing why they were released.
Even within the 160 veteran’s administration medical clinics drug thefts are increasing, this year more than last and increasing every year. The appetite for drugs for use and sale continue to grow. The Veterans Administration has called this trend intolerable and has taken steps to curve it. A quote from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla stated “The theft and misuse of prescription drugs, including opioids, by some VA employees is a good example of why we need greater accountability at the VA,”
Drugs being stolen causes shortages that put patients at risk. To address this issue in about 400 hospitals is an artificial intelligence system to assist administrators manage drugs more efficiently and accurately.
The drug diversion issue has taken on such significance that the U. S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration has established a Diversion Control Division to specifically target this problem.
Failure to understand the gravity of the drug theft situation can partially be blamed on hospitals and clinics reluctant to report all occurrences of theft for many reasons, however, it’s so bad now that the public is very aware of the problem.
Drug enforcement agencies are also aware of pharmacies which contribute to the diversion dilemma. There are literally thousands of pharmacies across the country, which are all susceptible to drug diversion activities.
There are actually people who legitimately need these pain medications and this call for action on drug dispensing often unfairly targets these individuals, causing many of them great difficulty in getting the pain medications they need.
My big take away here is to avoid drugs at any cost, Because avoiding the cost is to avoid the pain. I find it curious that they can modify the brain but not fix the pain. Perhaps, there is not as much money in fixing the condition that causes pain. There is certainly no recurring cost when the condition is fixed.
As a melanated (Black) person, you should clearly understand that for a drug (chemical) to have an effect on your body, it has to shut down and or disrupt your melanin processes, something you never hear about in allopathic (MD) medicine. So because it’s not talked about, what effect does that have on your in other ways.
You should also understand the difference between MD medicine and Holistic medicine.
MD medicine is symptom based which seeks to affect the problem where it is identified to be, such as headache, heartburn, fever, the perceived offending organ, etc. In other words they attack the symptoms with drugs, radiation, or surgery.
Holistic medicine on the other hand takes the entire body into account (diet, physical, mental and spiritual), and searches for the cause of the medical issue, not ignoring the diet, mental and spiritual aspect of a person. Drugs and surgery are always a last resort. This mode of medical treatment does not fit within the allopathic model where profit trumps time and effort is required, as opposed to quick fix drugs.
While researching for this article someone alerted me to a potential remedy for many of those mired in drug dependency from heroin and opioids. There is one catch, it’s not available in the USA. Some are willing to make the trip to Mexico for this treatment. This drug referred to as an “addiction interrupter,” is called Ibogaine.
It is said that it interrupts the chemical addiction, so it removes withdrawal and craving symptoms.