How do you handle the drug seekers? - pg.4 | allnurses

How do you handle the drug seekers? - page 4

Ok, disclaimer---37 days left of school for me, but have some nagging questions. During my ED round we had a female patient who was a drug seeker. Complaining of abdominal pain when no cause was... Read More

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    Quote from Maseca
    I haven't started nursing school yet (one month!), but this story sounds very familiar to me. I was that little girl when I was a child. My mother has had addictions to pain medication most of my life, and as a result, I ended up being the parent in the situation. When we would go to the hospital, and I would be the one to try and get "help" for my mom, mostly because I really wanted to go back home and sleep. I could go on, but needless to say, that little girl was being forced to take on concerns and responsibilities far beyond her years

    I know your time with patients is limited in the ER, but what can be done for the kids in that situation? Would it have been appropriate to tell her in some way that she doesn't need to be responsible for her mom, that the doctors and nurses were taking care of everything? Could some sort of intervention be done to help the children who are forced into a caretaking role due to their parent's addictions? What can the nurse's role be in that aspect?

    This breaks my heart... I was an addict for many years, and while I did some awful things, I never ever involved my child... Wow
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