Drug Abuse Among Us?? - page 14

Am I that nieve?? A nurse on my unit was arrested for"drug diversion" Is this rampant among us?? I know we have all taken the occasional tylenol from work, but controlled substances ??... Read More

  1. by   z's playa
    Quote from Pill Hoarding Hussy
    all this really makes me think twice about all the times i've witnessed waste in the pyxis and then walked out of the room and not actually witnessed the other rn waste the meds... there are so many demands on our time that actually taking the 2 minutes to stand and watch your colleagues draw up and waste just seems like an eternity and a waste of time. when dealing with narcs is routine, i guess we all get blase about it. re-thinking the seriousness of our situation here...

    Totally off topic.....but your username made me chuckle. :chuckle I'd love to hear the story behind that one someday.
  2. by   psycnurse
    Quote from luanne101
    Am I that nieve?? A nurse on my unit was arrested for"drug diversion" Is this rampant among us?? I know we have all taken the occasional tylenol from work, but controlled substances ??
    I first became aware of it about 15 years ago when a nurse I worked with was caught stealing narcotics. The DON came and took my med cart away and did not tell me what the problem was. It scared the life out of me.I thought they were investigating me!! It's really a sad thing because it places suspicion on all nurses.
    Last edit by psycnurse on Mar 3, '05
  3. by   teeituptom
    Quote from psycnurse
    I first became aware of it about 15 years ago when a nurse I worked with was caught stealing narcotics. The DON came and took my med cart away and did not tell me what the problem was. It scared the life out of me.I thought they were investigating me!! It's really a sad thing because it places suspicion on all nurses.

    Thats one of the sad things about drug stealers, They have no care or concern about anyone around them except for their own little needs. And if they dont care or take concern for you, why should we be concerned for them. Except for the problems encountered by their actions.

    True Story here coming up

    A nurse at work had a grand mal seizure. Now every nurse in there went to help. One nurse went to the narcotic lock box to get some valium in case. However it turned out she helped herself to other meds as well. Taking advantage of a situation and showing a clear disregard for her co workers.

    Very sad
  4. by   Pill Hoarding Hussy
    Quote from z's playa
    Totally off topic.....but your username made me chuckle. :chuckle I'd love to hear the story behind that one someday.
    homer simpson's dad- "i didn't die in wwII to be held hostage by some pill hoarding hussy!" re the ltc rn. haha.
  5. by   JWaldron
    Quote from teeituptom
    Thats one of the sad things about drug stealers, They have no care or concern about anyone around them except for their own little needs. And if they dont care or take concern for you, why should we be concerned for them. Except for the problems encountered by their actions.
    >snip<

    I don't think this is always true. Sometimes thee is a terrible feeling of guilt too, but the drive/''need' for drugs is so strong that it overrides conscience. That's part of the tragedy. Nobody wakes up and thinks "guess I'll be an addict today." It's a terrible disease which injures everyone around the sufferer. I think an earlier poster said that nurses and doctors are as likely as the populace at large to be alcoholic When I was in grad school my focus was on substance abuse mgmnt., and I remember learning that nurses (and other caregiver types, including cops and firefighters) were TWICE as likely as the general population to be alcoholics or abusers of other substances, and that a large number (don't remember the percentage and don't want to make one up) are the children of alcoholics, often the 1st born. If you were a caretaker as a kid, why not as an adult? I know it's true of quite a few of the nurses I know. And an amazing # of us seem to talk a lot about drinking, or maybe that was just when I worked in the ER? No it wasn't, tho there was more talk like that there.

    Savvy
  6. by   teeituptom
    I am an Addict














    I am addicted to golf

    who needs anything else in life
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from teeituptom
    I am an Addict
    I am addicted to golf

    who needs anything else in life

    SEX!!!!

    (and how many children do you have, Tom?)
  8. by   teeituptom
    Quote from caroladybelle
    SEX!!!!

    (and how many children do you have, Tom?)

    7 kids 5 boys 2 girls from my wife

    13 grandkids or TNTC

    There are a few more from previous uhh relationships
  9. by   Lee RN EMT-P
    Quote from LadyFree28
    This might sound "shelfish"..But I will take care of myself..or at least try.
    Do any of us really take care of ourselfs ? I have to wonder. If we drink or do drug's its to change our mood. Just like playing golf relaxs some of us. I like to walk, its all about coping people use drug and alcohol to cope ( Change there mood). It's sad that we live in a world that we need to change our mood. But I know working in an ED that people are very unhappy with life. Nurses are very unhappy with there jobs and keep coming back for more. I dont know about the rest of the world, But nurses need to stand together and make our jobs better or you will see a lot more turning to drugs and alcohol to cope.
  10. by   southern_rn_brat
    Quote from teeituptom
    Thats one of the sad things about drug stealers, They have no care or concern about anyone around them except for their own little needs. And if they dont care or take concern for you, why should we be concerned for them. Except for the problems encountered by their actions.

    True Story here coming up

    A nurse at work had a grand mal seizure. Now every nurse in there went to help. One nurse went to the narcotic lock box to get some valium in case. However it turned out she helped herself to other meds as well. Taking advantage of a situation and showing a clear disregard for her co workers.

    Very sad
    It's true, Tom. We DON'T care about anyone but ourselves when we are in active addiction and are stealing from work. With the crap I pulled when I was diverting it is no wonder that people like you feel the way they do about addicts.

    When I read that story about the nurses stealing from the narc box even while the nurse was seizing, my first thought was "I would have done that too". I really did crap like that and worse.

    I don't blame you for feeling like you do. I am so very grateful that the BON has given me a chance. I have changed everything in my life and I am 6 weeks away from having one year clean and sober.

    The only way I can prove anything to you and people like you is to stay clean. I can whine until I am blue in the face about how you and people like you won't give people like me a chance but the truth is...I deserve every bit of your anger and indifference.

    When I first got clean and came to these boards, your comments hurt me to the bone. I know now they hurt me because they are the truth. As an addict I felt like you OWED me something I guess. Maybe I felt you OWED peope like me another chance.

    Tom and people that feel like he does do not owe ME or nurses like me jack crap. *I* owe them for what I did while I was working and deserve their anger.

    I respect how you feel. The only way I can change anything is to change myself, and that is exactly what I have done. I can only hope that you will at least respect me for that.

    Tom gets a bad rap on the boards for his feelings. I don't think it's fair (even though I used to feel the same way, lol). He has a right to his feelings. I really appreciate him having the guts to go "against the grain" and post what he feels. It gives me the opportunity to see how some people really feel because they may not say it to me in person.

    I've been lucky that the nurses I work with have all been supportive to me, and for that I love them all and am grateful. I used to think I would never ever want to work with Tom or anyone like him. Wow what a year has brought me! Because now....I wouldn't mind a bit to work with tom! Working with people like him could only encourage me to stay clean...and that is exactly what I need!
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from southern_rn_brat
    It's true, Tom. We DON'T care about anyone but ourselves when we are in active addiction and are stealing from work. With the crap I pulled when I was diverting it is no wonder that people like you feel the way they do about addicts.
    Congratulations on being clean and sober!

    I never diverted drugs, I have been in recovery for years and did enough damage... but I have to say it takes guts and committment to go back into nursing ...
  12. by   maenadic
    Maybe it's an urban myth, but narc's were going missing from a reputable hospital in Australia. Different nurses got the blame until the mngment put in camera's in the drug room. Found out that it was a senior doctor.... charming hey?
  13. by   PHTLS
    This is precisely why I hesitate counting meds if I can and let the RN's count (I don't always get away with this). And if I take out controlled meds, I do it with licensed people in the med room with me.

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