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Program Treats Addicts in Health Care

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Program Treats Addicts in Health Care

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Program Treats Addicts in Health Care

Program Treats Addicts in Health Care

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Statistics show that health care workers become addicted and depressed at the same rates as the general population. However, there is no leeway for impairment when it comes to patient safety. Forty-eight states have confidential programs aimed at helping addicted health workers get into treatment. With a 75 percent success rate, Washington state is considered one of the best.

Patricia Murphy from member station KUOW profiles one doctor who has gone through the program.