The Unique Challenges Facing Anesthesiologists with Substance Use Disorders

When looking at the rate of substance use disorder among specific physician careers, anesthesiology is one of the most affected medicine specialties. On the surface, one could readily say this is due to the regularity with which they’re overworked and have easier access to addictive drugs. But anesthesiologists face other challenges, as well. Since the…

It’s Double-Trouble When Anesthesiologists Get Addicted to Painkillers

During the past few years, much has been said about the opioid epidemic in the U.S. One specific segment of society—doctors who specialize in anesthesiology—have been shown to be particularly prone to the devastating effects of prescription painkillers. The fact is, there’s a significant element of “double-trouble” in the life of an addicted anesthesiologist. That’s…