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         FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the warning signs?

  • Changes in appearance/poor hygiene

  • Frequent shaking and/or sweating

  • Loss of appetite/weight loss

  • Slurred speech

  • Mood swings, change in temper, irritability

  • Frequent absences / “call ins”

  • Increased errors in prescription filling or compounding

  • increased patient or employee complaints

Who can call the WVPRN?

Any pharmacist, technician, supervisor, family member or friend can call the WVPRN. All information is strictly confidential.

Why is impairment so prevalent in the pharmacy profession?

  • Pharmacy personnel are having exhaustive stressors placed on them to meet employer’s and patient’s demands.

  • Easy access provides a major role in drug abuse.

  • Pharmacists believe that they are in control and addiction cannot happen to them.

  • Pharmacists believe they are too smart to get caught.

  • Pharmacists are too close and lose objectivity.

 

 
 

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