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Tales from the ER: Drug Seeker Stories

Tales from the ER: Drug Seeker Stories

ERNursey

February 27, 2008

I was reading a post at Scalpel or Sword today that made me think of some examples of drug seekers that are pretty funny in a twisted sort of way. I don’t know if these people are too stupid to know how stupid they are or how they thought they would possibly get away with these acts but they do try.

The first of our culprits took a Vicodin prescription written for 10 pills and added a ‘0’ making it 100 pills. They might have gotten away with it except our narcotic prescriptions have quantity checkboxes and the 1 – 24 box was checked. Oh yeah, the added zero was in a different color pen. And the patient came back to the ER to ask why we cancelled the prescription. It made it much easier for the police to find them.

The next one added a ‘1’ to the ‘0’ refills making it a ten. The astute pharmacist thought it was odd that the ER would write for ten refills on a vicodin prescription and called us. They were asked to stall the patient while we notified the police.

I have seen more than one person poke their finger for a couple of drops of blood to put in their urine sample to fool us into believing they had a kidney stone. Real kidney stones are excruciatingly painful and often require large doses of narcotics and we are happy to give them as the patient is suffering so.

We are very rigid about requiring a ride to be present prior to administration of narcotics for patients that are not emergently ill, like back pain, migraines etc. I have had a patient go out in front of the hospital and convince someone to come in and say they were the driver. I have had a patient sneak out the back door after receiving ativan and back into another car. It always looks good to the incoming patients and families to have an arrest taking place in the parking lot.

Our regulars know the rule about the rides so they will sign in to be seen and neglect to mention that the driver is also signed in as a patient.

I’ve been told by patients in the lobby that they heard a patient come out and use the courtesy phone to call a buddy to tell them “dude, I scored 20 Vicodin!”

I’ve been called by pharmacies to say “We just filled a prescription for 180 Vicodin for this patient yesterday, do you want us to fill yours today?” That would be no, cancel that please. And then you have to wonder, with approximately 50 pharmacies in a 20 mile radius, they would go to the same one.

Some people would think, what does it matter, they aren’t hurting anyone but themselves. That is not true. First of all, they are taking up an ER room when sicker people are waiting and ambulances are getting diverted. Then, they drive around under the influence and kill and injure innocent people. Most of them don’t work and are on welfare or disability for some made up medical problem and their support is coming out of your pockets. They run up billions of dollars of medical cost yearly which also comes out of your pockets and causes our insurance and out of pocket costs to rise continuously.

so isn’t that a happy thought, I am working 60 or more hours a week to scrape by so that I can support their drug habit. Yippee.


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    glucas

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I totally agree with the fact that this people are hurting others too by taking this drugs. It is not fair for those who have insurance and are really sick. I see every day people who take drugs and harm themselves and I am very sad because of this. There are so many Washington drug rehab centers that offer treatment facilities for this people, why can't they go there and get help? I think this is the best solution for all of us.

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    lalamint

    about 3 years ago

    28 comments

    You know what they say. Best way to learn is obviously learning from one`s experience. I am glad people write so much about this topic because the ones in need to become addiction-free get so much inspirational insight on this matter that they get totally convinced of which e-h-a-b.org/">rehab method to follow. There are so many therapeutic programs out there that all the ones who need such programs have so many to choose from.

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    imwilliam

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    Its not only drugs that causes harm; there are other substances too which hampers health condition. For example too much consumption of alcohol would cause addiction. A young man in our neighborhood developed alcohol addiction problem. Later he was admitted into an Alcohol Treatment Rehab where he underwent treatment. Now he is cured.

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    imwilliam

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    What we need to do is up the awareness level about drug addiction. These people are simply oblivious to the fact that they are ruining their health both physical and mental. If you are an addict then you better get admitted to a drug rehab and go for a holistic drug treatment which would help you recover completely.

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    priyankade

    about 3 years ago

    6 comments

    If people try misusing prescription drugs for addiction then it becomes difficult dealing with the situation. Those who prefer doing drugs they often forget that drug addiction is a serious problem. In rehab facilities you can receive treatment. There are special rehab facilities like rehab for men available now.

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    imp2011

    about 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Strict actions need to be taken while dealing with such stubborn addicts. We need to keep the society free from drug addiction. In fact stern measures from government of every country would help fight this problem better. Drug or alcohol rehabs are doing their bit by curing people. There are so many quality drug rehabilitation centers like Washington drug rehabilitation that offer great treatment facilities.

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    mik

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I feel that drug abusers are not limited but also includes,blue and white collar workers. Doctors,lawyers,and indian chiefs.Hospital nurses,and terminally ill.

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    christianwoman

    about 7 years ago

    98 comments

    i know of somebody that go to hospitals because they are attention seekers and even bring a kid to have some testings done to her. It is really so sad that some people uses our profession to be able to provide for their bad habits or addictions. We have to be vigilany for this kind of people so that we can really give the proper attention to those who really need our help

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    Account Removed

    about 7 years ago

    It is sad that someone can get so desperate and go to the extremes described here. It is indeed a problem if patients are being diverted because of filling up the ER. However, we must remember that these people are ill and deserve compassion and caring just like the man coming into the ER with a heart attack.
    The typical addict is not unemployed and on welfare. Your everyday addict is employed full time. Many of them working in the ERs or driving an ambulance. Do they cost billions of dollars and increase our insurance cost? You bet.

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