I’m going to weigh in on the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor even though I have not been watching it.
My opinion is pretty simple: Doctors who prescribe benzodiazapenes or opiates without at least ASKING a patient about their drug an alcohol use are reckless. Doctors who prescribe benzodiazapenes or opiates to a patient whom they KNOW to be an addict or alcoholic are not only breaking their “First, do no harm,” vow but are also criminally negligent (unless they have set up a medication treatment protocol that involves very strict monitoring).
This is a phenomenon that really torques me. I write and talk about it whenever I can. If I had a buck for all the alcoholics and addicts who got a ‘script for a benzo’ or a doctor who either didn’t bother to ask about their drug/alcohol use or wrote the script knowing they were addicts or alcoholics, I would be a very, very wealthy woman.
Here is one of my favorite stories: I know a woman who was in a treatment center. During some very intense therapy she began having a severe anxiety attack. She was taken to the emergency room. After she was stabilized the doctor began writing her a prescription for Xanax – knowing that she had come directly from a treatment center and that she was a newly recovered alcoholic.