When Police Officers Are On the Job … and On Drugs

A police officer who is using opioids illegally is breaking the very laws that he or she has sworn to uphold. This makes it even more difficult to reach out and get help for an addiction that may be spinning out of control. No one ever said being a police officer was easy. The job alternates between crushing boredom, bizarre situations, and unimaginable danger. When you’re a cop, much of the population that you’re paid to protect is afraid of you. You’re always being judged, whether it’s in the media or when you go to the corner store. Your hours are usually pretty awful, which means you don’t get to spend as much time with loved ones as you want to. You see things, horrible things, that mess up your head. If you talk to your peers about how traumatized you are, you’re seen as weak. The pressure can be intense. Police officers are human, so they seek ways to cope with the stress. Sometimes they find relief in opioids. And sometimes they become addicted. Two recent deaths of police officers due to drug overdose are stark reminders that no one is immune to addiction. In fact, police officers may be more at risk than others. Under Pressure and Self-Medicating Dr. Michael Genovese, a clinical psychiatrist and chief medical officer at Acadia Healthcare, told The Fix: Not only are law enforcement officers not immune to addiction, but they are also more susceptible to addiction because the stress of their jobs renders them so. Police officers to w...
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