Substance use among doctors is a much neglected problem, and nobody wants to talk about doctors who may become addicted to drugs that they have easy access to in the course of their practice. However, according to a new study, anesthesiology residents may struggle with a much higher risk for becoming addicted to substances.
According to the results of a study that were published recently by researchers at Mayo Clinic and the American Board of Anesthesiology, approximately one out of every 100 anesthesiology residents in training between 1975 and 2009, developed substance addiction during the training period. In fact, according to the researchers, the incidence of such substance abuse and addiction among anesthesiology residents is actually high, and continues to remain high. The danger is so high the researchers believe the risk of drug addiction is enhanced for these doctors.
The researchers fall far short of confirming anesthesiology residents are at a much higher risk of substance abuse, compared to other doctors. However, they do draw attention to the fact the incidences of substance addiction among anesthesiology residents continue to remain high, and actually continue to increase every year. The risks are higher when you consider many anesthesiology residents have much easier access to addictive substances and drugs, compared to other doctors.
There's nothing to indicate there is a mass epidemic of substance abuse and addiction among anesthesiology residents and very few of them will actually develop substance use disorder, but it’s disturbing to California medical malpractice lawyers that the incidence of such addiction among these doctors is actually on the increase. Besides, the researchers found that doctors, who developed substance addiction problems, were at a high risk of relapse after undergoing treatment.