DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a serious public health problem, but when doctors abuse drugs, it can also put patients at risk.
Mayo Clinic researchers examined substance abuse among anesthesiology residents entering their primary training over three decades beginning in the mid-70s.READ MORE: 4-Year Long Project Aims To Repair I-275 Starting This Summer
The study found substance abuse disorders increased over the study period and the risk of relapse was high.READ MORE: Pastor Calls For Prayer Rally In Response To Recent Freeway Shootings
Anesthesiologists have special access to strong I-V opiate drugs, although only indirect evidence exists that substance abuse is more common among them than other doctors, according to background information from the study.
Researchers found risk of death was also high.MORE NEWS: Standardized Testing To Resume: U.S. Dept. Of Education Denies Michigan's Testing Waiver Due To COVID
Eleven percent died of a cause directly related to substance abuse.