Should Doctors be held Accountable for Iatrogenic Addiction?


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Can we K.I.S.S. this one today (K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid)?  Sometimes, simple is better. Let’s begin to answer this question with the actual definition of Iatrogenic Addiction.  By definition, Iatrogenic Addiction is any addiction caused by medical treatment (e.g., liberal use of opiate analgesics in a hospital setting or by a physician that leads to opiate addiction).  For a moment, let’s take this to an analogy of whether or not a criminal should be accountable for killing someone by poisoning them with arsenic.  Is the victim the one who caused this poisoning or is the murderer?  Is the victim in the wrong because he ate the delicious mashed potatoes that were so skillfully prepared by his culinary school trained girlfriend?  Should the murderer go free because the victim should have known that his girlfriend was a psychopath and she intended to poison the him by putting arsenic in the potatoes?  Is it the victim’s fault because he didn’t know the murder’s intent?  Is there any shared liability between the victim and the murderer?

There are Iatrogenic Addictions that happen as a side effect of treatment; however, without exception, each and every physician, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner, all know that the ongoing prescribing of painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping medications and psychiatric medications will undoubtedly always cause Addiction, organ failure, stroke, heart attack and death by accidental overdose (overdose caused by the building up of toxic drugs in the body).  There is absolutely no excuse.  Do I personally believe prescribing medical professionals and pharmacists should be accountable in a court of law for Addicting and Killing their patients?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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