- Nov 3, 2015
- Durham, NC
It is indeed. I knew two fantastic anesthesiologists that got out of the AF and within a couple years of separation were found dead in call rooms from injecting diverted narcotics. Both highly intelligent, respected physicians, married with young children. Ya never know.
I have known maybe...10? A dozen? Nurses and docs booted for diversion. Thankfully only one of those died. They found her in a bathroom right outside of the ED with several sharps containers she had been going through, and many empty syringes laying on the floor around her. It's such an awful demon.
I am thankful that our profession, at least in NC, swung from old-school punitive you'll-never-work-again to being helpful, rehabilitative, and trying to have the nurses re-enter the workforce at some point (albeit with significant restriction).