Ice use has indeed become more common among people who drive vehicles for a living, even those who sit behind the wheel of an ambulance and attend to patients as paramedics. A Tasmanian woman confirmed as much when she admitted to being high on ice while driving an ambulance and basically performing her job as a paramedic, says a report by Airlie Ward for ABC News.
Worked while high on ice for years
Cristy Collins, a former paramedic for the Tasmanian Ambulance Service, said her weekly spending for ice reached $500, and that she was “highly addicted” and used the drug on a daily basis for two years before she decided to quit her job.
Collins, who was also an army medic in Iraq in 2006, said she’s sharing her experiences to underscore the fact that getting hooked on ice can happen easily to just about anyone, even someone who works to save lives.
Come to think of it, it’s not really unheard of for people in Collins’ line of work to seek some sort of support or enhancement through drugs. Being a paramedic can be extremely stressful, with people’s lives on the line all the time. Paramedics also bear witness to some of the most gruesome sights, especially when they’re called to the scene of an accident. It’s not unimaginable for them to look at ice—which is classified as a stimulant—as a way to cope. In Collins’ own words, being high on ice while on the job made her “Superwoman” and made every function and task easier.
That said, it is imperative for the Tasmanian Ambulance Service—and any other similar emergency service for that matter—to implement a drug testing program among its workers. The risks of ice use while driving an ambulance are just too high. Collins was just fortunate that no one got hurt in the years she was high on ice while on the job. Others won’t be as lucky.
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