Problem: Her friend from work has serious Vicodin addiction
Seeking: Options for drug rehabs
Reason(s): A nursing professional calls about her co-worker. She states that even though her co-worker is married and has two children, she (the caller) may be one of the few, if not the only, person that knows what her co-worker is going through. She describes an incident where her co-worker was walking a patient from the waiting room, tripped, and broke her ankle and was prescribed Vicodin while her foot was in a cast. One of the primary reasons that this became a problem is because her co-worker’s husband lost his job a few weeks before that incident. As a result, she was the sole provider and rushed back into work even though her ankle was still in pain. As a result, she kept taking Vicodin until the prescription ran out and managed to coerce one of the attending physicians to prescribe her a few more Vicodin pills. The co-worker says that once those few pills turned out not to be enough, she began stealing Vicodin pills from patients where possible. The caller is worried that her co-worker may not only have an addiction that is spiraling out of control, but is also worried that if she were to lose her job because of the theft of Vicodin and working while under the influence, it may only worsen her problems. The caller wanted to know a few options available before she decided to discuss it with her co-worker.
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