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Many people firmly believe that the doctors have the final word and are ever correct. Hollywood and pop culture have also contributed to the problem by ingraining doctors’ false demigod status into the minds of the public. But in the real world, doctors are humans too and not perfect.
Some doctors don’t know the basic steps to take when confronted with a complicated medical situation. Others are just plain evil and kill or maim patients for their own twisted motives. That’s why believing wholly in them could prove fatal for a gullible patient.
Although not all doctors are bad, there is a percentage that’s not passionate about their job and cut corners which often leads to the wrong medication being prescribed, patient overdose incidents, misdiagnoses, and even death. Careless medics are also behind the rising number of patients who have lost their lives due to prescription drug overdoses.
Federal and state authorities have been monitoring the situation and got hold of doctors alleged for committing the crime. But when it comes to the dangers of drug overdose to human life, we need first to understand:
- What is a drug overdose?
- What to do in the event of a drug overdose?
- Risks associated with a drug overdose.
- Why some doctors face criminal charges over patient overdoses?
What is a Drug Overdose?
A drug overdose refers to excessive intake of a substance, whether it’s over the counter, legal, illegal or prescribed. It could be accidental when the victim is not aware of the prescription, and it may also involve children.
Consequently, drug overdoses can be intentional if the doctor gave the wrong prescription to the victim, therefore poisoning them. In other instances, the victim could also take the drug excessively with suicidal intentions.
What to Do in the Event of a Drug Overdose?
Most people tense when they realize a loved one has overdosed on a drug. However, that shouldn’t be the case because tension will cause more harm than good.
First, it’s advisable to stay calm to get the courage to take subsequent actions. Don’t be hasty when taking action. Remain calm so you can stabilize the situation and maybe save the patient’s life.
Next, reach out to the medical emergency services by using the emergency toll number. Some people may delay calling the ambulance because of fear of stigma. When the phone is too far could also be a cause.
As you do that, determine what drug the victim took. That will help the medics to find the best solution based on the condition of the person.
Risks Associated with a Drug Overdose
The worst that can happen in a drug overdose is death. Other risks that are associated with it can be bearable. For example, the victim may lose memory for some time or lose the function of a limb or non-vital organ. But when the drug taken can affect the functionality of vital body organs, things can quickly get fatal.
Why Some Doctors Face Charges over Patient Overdoses?
Initially, it was the patients who were criminally charged after a drug overdose. However, things have changed. Today many doctors face dire charges for causing a patient overdose.
Often whenever a case about patient overdose is brought to the court, it turns out that the doctor was careless when prescribing that drug. Some do it wrongly due to poor record-keeping, while others do it due to negligence.
That’s why many courts send them to jail or revoke their medical licenses. Doctors presented before the court in the past have faced both long and short jail sentence terms. Others have paid hefty fines for their deeds.
If you or a loved one has been a recent victim of a drug overdose, you could seek legal help to recover damages if a health care professional was at fault. A lawyer could force the doctor and the hospital to pay compensation or file a lawsuit against them if they refuse to cooperate. Besides criminal charges, individual action is the only way society can shun the trend. Otherwise, failure to take legal action when the time is right could escalate the habit among other doctors too.
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