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Drug abuse in Hampton Roads doesn’t exclude medical professionals

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 22:47:21-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Prescription drug abuse is rampant throughout Virginia.

It affects all walks of life – including those in the medical profession.

News 3 dug through dozens and dozens of cases from the area where nurses and other medical professionals were caught abusing drugs and getting into trouble.

“As a nurse, I had an unlimited supply of medication right there,” said one nurse who did not want to be identified.

She said a personal injury caused her to take prescription medication.

Weeks turned into months and months turned into a terrible addiction, she said.

“I could no longer get the medications from the physician, I began to take them from work,” she said, “I would do anything that included stealing from patients I was entrusted to care for,” she said.

A New 3 investigation looks into the problem of prescription drug abuse and how one hospital works to prevent drugs from being taken from their facility.

Here is more important information:

http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/individuals-and-families/substance-abuse

http://www.oag.state.va.us/programs-initiatives/drug-take-back-program

http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/Virginia/

Watch News 3 at 11 tonight for the complete story.