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Date:3/27/2013

injuries. Some suffered injuries when they passed out immediately after injecting themselves with propofol. Five were admitted to treatment after being discovered unconscious, the researchers noted in a journal news release.

"Propofol addiction is a virulent and debilitating form of substance dependence" with a "rapid downhill course," wrote Dr. Paul Earley and Dr. Torin Finver of Georgia Health Professionals Program Inc., in Atlanta.

Some of the patient characteristics identified in this study -- including a history of depression and childhood abuse, as well as certain injury patterns -- could be used to identify and treat propofol abuse in health care professionals, the researchers suggested.

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists has more about propofol.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Addiction Medicine, news release, March 18, 2013


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