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How to treat a drug-addicted doctor
Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times

It wasn’t until the state police and the DEA were sitting in my primary care office that I finally stopped denying that I was hopelessly addicted to prescription opiates. The DEA agent said, “Doc, cut the crap, we know you’ve been writing bad scrips.” The windows in my office didn’t open, otherwise I might have jumped out and fled. As it was, I was charged with three felony counts of fraudulent prescribing.

Physicians are invested with awesome responsibility and trust. We are thought of as invulnerable, as miracle workers, and we’re told, “Heal thyself.” We’re no better at that than the rest of you and in some ways, we’re far worse.

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