How Nurses Slip into Substance Abuse

I once worked with a nurse who nobody would have guessed suffered from substance abuse. He was the most pleasant and kindest nurse on the unit. Being an operating-room nurse, his role was to give the patients premedication prior to surgery. The main premedication that was given was Pethidine. Pethidine is a strong analgesic and narcotic, and even though it is primarily a pain reliever, it has the side effects and addictive nature of narcotics. His addiction started when one day, he decided to give himself an IV dose of Pethidine when he was in severe pain. Nobody noticed that […]