His story is part of an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the US. The ACP issued a list of new policies regarding prescription drugs. It suggests doctors first consider non-addictive pain killers.
When addictive narcotics must be prescribed, doctors should carefully think about the dosage. The ACP also recommends doctors screen patients for risk of addiction and that patients agree, in writing, they will do as the doctor says.
Dr. Loyd received treatment and resumed his medical career. He has been drug-free now for 10 years. And he works with others now to help them overcome their addictions.