The Flaws of Psychiatric Care: Not Drug Testing Welfare Recipients.

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday Post Time!

First, I’d like to start off this post by saying Happy Belated Thanksgiving to everyone!

More and more again, I’ve been tuning into the news and seeing talks about drug testing welfare recipients. And to be honest, as an inpatient psychiatric nurse, I can’t help but argue FOR drug testing.

I find that the argument against the matter truly enables liberal hypocrisy and drug abusers to work the system.

The idea of not drug testing, due to the constitutional right of protecting individuals from unlawful search and seizures, is ludicrous. Let’s not forget that we already allow our government to tap into our phone calls, find us through GPS trackers, and mutilate our social privacies. So, I guess that isn’t a violation of our civil rights?  I think people need to see that for what it truly is.

Now, let me go ahead and paint a quick picture. A patient easily admits on my floor, through the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act; also known as an EMTALA. In short this act mandates me to never refuse medical consultation and further treatment to anyone, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay for services. So, the drug abuser that I’m suppose to sympathize for is back on my floor; positive with THC, amphetamines, opiates, the whole nine-yards. Let’s not forget to mention that this is the patient’s 15+ readmission to the facility. Trust me, it bothers me too. And here’s the kicker to top it all off, as a result of the entitlement venture of Obamacare, our lovely healthcare services will be paid by your tax dollars. (As a side note, this ties in really well with the Title X reform at Planned Parenthood, which funds abortion services. But that’s for a later post.)

Don’t get it twisted. Cash rules everything around us (C.R.E.A.M). You have to follow the money. And I’m sorry to say this, but you’re stupid if you don’t. With that said, our taxes are being spent on the doctors and nurses treating the patient, the social workers busting their butts (finding this patient housing), and pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the controlled substances that help detoxify and stabilize. It’s endless.

This is the worst part about the speciality of psychiatric care: many times, a drug abuser will re-admit to the hospital, seeking care for detoxification. You see, before coming in, the patient had no food, shelter, clothing, the whole nine-yards, simply because he/she had no money to provide for themselves. The funny thing is, after a few days of the whole disciplinary team helping to stabilize and provide a better living for this patient (or once the 1st of the month comes in with their welfare checks), he/she will demand to leave…just so they can buy their dope and use again. It’s an endless cycle.

So, I leave this post by asking this…how can I sympathize for these patients, when we can’t even provide a better living to those who have served our country? I’m sorry to say this, but we need to get our priorities and morals straight. 

I won’t go into further implications of having welfare recipients drug tested. The truth is, with it, I can foresee no longer needing a social services department; because the population would left on the streets to rot and die. But, it’s truly bitter-sweet. And I think America is going soft on these issues. There needs to be a cut off point. We honestly can’t save everyone; especially those, who don’t care to help themselves.

And to “sympathize” with these patients, only enables them to continue abusing and hurting themselves. So, I say this to all nurses, I feel that if we don’t mandate drug testing, we continue to fail in the continuity of care.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you!





Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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