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Junior doctors get by on prescription meds to cope - expert

Research shows that junior doctors are more likely to misuse prescription drugs, says obstetrician and medical officer Dr Adam Ciesielski.

In addition to the easy access to the medication, Ciesielski says doctors often abuse prescription drugs in an effort to cope with the strenuous working environment they face.

They turn to prescription drugs to relieve stress or physical or emotional pain.

Dr Adam Ciesielski, Principle medical officer at Mowbray Maternity Hospital

According to Ciesielski, depression among young doctors is very high - with almost 30% of doctors suffering from mental disease - which can sometimes lead to suicide.

He explains that the drugs vary from anti-depressants, sleeping pills and anxiety medication.

In the long run, the pressures of work and abuse of prescription drugs can have an effect on doctors ability to effectively treat patients, Ciesielski admits.

Meanwhile, the Junior Doctors Association agrees that the horrendous call hours lead medical interns to seriously unhealthy lifestyles.

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