Jeff Rossen, in his Today Show segment The Rossen Reports, reported that a recent government study shows that at least 100,000 doctors (or 1 in 10 doctors currently working) are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. And according the non-profit group Consume Watchdog, 18 percent of doctors have an addiction problem at some point during their career. Some of these doctors have managed to perform their duties while upholding their Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm." Unfortunately for some patients and their families, this has not been the case with some of the other doctors.
This calls to mind a recent case at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder involving a drug-addicted plastic surgeon at Greenwich Hospital. After years of performing reconstructive breast surgeries while under the influence, the doctor overdosed and died, leaving behind a trail of surgical errors.
A recent bill in California proposes random drug testing for doctors. California voters will decide the fate of the bill at the polls this November.