As Ohio deals with a growing epidemic of heroin users, some people have
brought up a concern about how medical malpractice could be affecting
drug users in the state. A July 2 report shows that medical malpractice
may be part of the problem, as it can place people on the road to addiction.
The Lima police chief claimed that there are three parts to decreasing
the risk for addiction. One is to prevent addiction in the first place
through education and prevention by officers or medical facilities. The
second way is to enforce the law when it comes to drug use. Third, treatment
is important, since addictions may be difficult to overcome alone.
What does medical malpractice have to do with addiction? It’s easy.
If a doctor starts you on an opiate for pain, then you could begin to
use it too often or develop a tolerance to the medication. As patients
become hooked on painkillers, they may look for other ways to relieve
pain. If a patient is out of a prescription that won’t be refilled,
withdrawal symptoms could prompt them into looking for an alternative
drug or choice. Essentially, some believe that opiates may be a gateway
drug, much like smoking or marijuana are sometimes considered.
Now, it’s hoped that by taking action in Ohio, the heroin addicts
in the state may be able to get the help they need. A recent symposium
discussed possibilities, and now the communities of the state are going
to work together to find a solution to the growing drug problem heroin
represents. The symposium also spoke about opiate addiction and how it
linked to heroin addiction for drug users.