Jim Reynolds, EdD, professor of College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences, Argosy University, Sarasota recently talked to ACH Media about the current opioid epidemic in America. Reynolds was featured in the site’s online health magazine, Healthcare Risk Management. According to the article, the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States can threaten patient safety. Addicts may steal drugs from patients in various ways.
“Even when the pain medication is provided intravenously, addicts have been known to manipulate someone’s IV line to obtain the drug for themselves,” said Reynolds. “I’ve met addicts who preyed on cancer patients because they are likely to be on strong painkillers. They will find an excuse to go into the home and head straight for the medicine cabinet in the bathroom or even to the bedside and steal drugs there,” Reynolds said. “I certainly can see an addict doing the same thing in a hospital, where there is so much more opportunity. Even those who are only visiting the hospital; it’s the proverbial candy shop for them.”
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