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Could a member of your medical team be struggling with addiction?

You count on your healthcare team to provide excellent service while you require medical care. Your team needs to show up ready to support a variety of medical needs for you and the other patients under their supervision.

When healthcare workers struggle with addiction, it can be especially problematic. In addition to reducing the quality of their care, there have also been reports of healthcare workers stealing medications from patients.

Here's what you should know about addiction in healthcare workers.

Know what to look for

For the most part, the members of your healthcare team are there to support your medical needs. Watch for signs that a member of your team is acting out of the ordinary, such as:

  • Missing medication times
  • Unexplained medication change
  • Forgetting routine checks

Them most common type of medications that gets stolen is pain medication. Pay attention to the dosage your physician prescribed and how much you receive. A discrepancy could mean that someone stole your medication.

Know how to advocate

Once you know what to watch for, it is essential to raise your concern to the correct people. There should be multiple people you could report your concerns to while you are in the hospital.

If you do not know where to begin, ask for a hospital administrator or a head nurse. If you are uncomfortable reporting your concern to someone you do not know, talk to another member of your healthcare team. They can help you raise your concern to the correct person and keep your healthcare plan on track.

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