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This may be one of the most pathetic ones I've seen yet.

25 y/o White Male: “I inhaled some water in the shower this morning and now I’m coughing!"

Patient came via ambulance and demanded codeine cough syrup when we tried to discharge him. Um...no.
I've done that before, swallowing water, usually its preceded by me attempting to drink said water, its either that or spit it out, tough choice.

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Weird. I love codeine cough syrup when I'm really sick and can't stop coughing and can't get any sleep, but there's a huge tradeoff because the next day I have a raging headache. Wouldn't go out of my way to take the shit that's for sure.
Try pulling that shit in Australia, if you manage to convince the Paramedic to take you in the ambulance which I doubt you would, you will have to pay $300 for the ride.


Not so much of an issue down here.

So much for Australia's socialist healthcare system.
Oh, these patients are billed ungodly amounts for the ambulance ride, they just never pay.

There's a whole white trash subculture around here that likes to mix codeine cough syrup with vodka, Kool-Aid and God knows what else, and drink the mixture recreationally.
"There's a whole white trash subculture around here that likes to mix codeine cough syrup with vodka, Kool-Aid and God knows what else, and drink the mixture recreationally."

Juggalos?
(05-19-2013 11:09 AM)Daniel Carver Wrote: [ -> ]
There's a whole white trash subculture around here that likes to mix codeine cough syrup with vodka, Kool-Aid and God knows what else, and drink the mixture recreationally.

That was my immediate thought reading your post.

It's been popularized by ghetto trash rappers but white trash has adopted it full force.

Usually mixed with standard pop and jolly ranchers.

How often do you give out Codeine Syrup to these people?
(05-19-2013 11:41 AM)Shahanshah Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-19-2013 11:09 AM)Daniel Carver Wrote: [ -> ]
There's a whole white trash subculture around here that likes to mix codeine cough syrup with vodka, Kool-Aid and God knows what else, and drink the mixture recreationally.

That was my immediate thought reading your post.

It's been popularized by ghetto trash rappers but white trash has adopted it full force.

Usually mixed with standard pop and jolly ranchers.

How often do you give out Codeine Syrup to these people?

I'd like to think not much, but I'm sure people have gotten over on me. I don't give it to grown males, period, but I have been known to write the occasional bottle of codeine/prometh if a child is genuinely sick/coughing excessively and nonproductively. I'm sure there's babymommas that have taken the bottle directly to dey boos, but I'd like to think it's not that common.

(05-19-2013 11:30 AM)MightMakesRight Wrote: [ -> ]"There's a whole white trash subculture around here that likes to mix codeine cough syrup with vodka, Kool-Aid and God knows what else, and drink the mixture recreationally."

Juggalos?

I had to Google that, and holy shit! I think I taught one of them in my academic days!
So there is a Juggalo doctor out there some place?
(05-19-2013 02:16 PM)SATAN Wrote: [ -> ]So there is a Juggalo doctor out there some place?

I sent a med student home because he came dressed in an Insane Clown Posse t-shirt under his coat, and didn't even take his facial piercings out. He wasn't a particularly gifted student, so I'd be surprised if he ever passed his MCATs, let alone actually practices.
Ah so you dont have to be too bright to at least make it into Med School in the US?
Oh, you have to have good grades in a useful major, but a LOT more weight is given to the interview these days. Even if you can BS your way in, you have to be reasonably intelligent to graduate, pass your MCATs and get a good placement.
there needs to be some type of punishment for frivolous calls to the emergency deparment.

maybe a huge fine or something for dumb shit like this.
^ The huge fine would lead to jail time when they inevitably didn't pay. They would then be costing tax payers even more money. I really think the purpose of the welfare system is to break the spirit of the average man.
(05-20-2013 10:13 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]there needs to be some type of punishment for frivolous calls to the emergency deparment.

maybe a huge fine or something for dumb shit like this.

Personally, I think the answer is repealing EMTALA or completely overhauling it. The intentions were good, but it opened the Pandora's Box of unfunded mandates.
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