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Prescription drugs associated with medical licensing problems

Life as a Pennsylvania doctor or nurse can be stressful. In addition to staying updated on current medical data and regulations regarding patient care, being a medical professional can pose personal challenges as well. Family life often bears the strain of mothers or fathers who must work long hours away from home, thus causing various relationship issues. Some medical workers also face serious problems concerning prescription drugs and substance abuse. In fact, misusing prescription drugs can lead to serious medical licensing problems. 

Doctors often write prescriptions to help their patients alleviate symptoms associated with pain and discomfort following injuries or during recovery from illness. Such medications often include opioids or other strong drugs that do a good job alleviating pain but can also be highly addictive. Sadly, many licensed medical workers fall under the temptation to self-treat by misusing prescription drugs.  

Vicodin, OxyContin and Valium are several of many prescription drugs that often lead to serious addictions. Whether a doctor or nurse accesses such drugs by questionable means or obtains a legitimate prescription from a licensed medical doctor, he or she is at risk for job-related problems either way. For instance, a doctor may have a valid need for taking an opioid; however, if he or she continues to treat patients under the influence of such drugs, his or her medical license may be at risk.  

Amphetamines, depressants or painkillers, such as Darvocet, Percocet or Demerol are all associated with controlled substance addictions and may lead to medical licensing problems if misused by doctors, nurses or others. If such problems arise, defending one's license can be quite challenging. This is why most Pennsylvania medical workers turn to experienced attorneys for support. 

Source: drugabuse.com, "The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications", Accessed on May 30, 2018

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