The Dangers of Propofol
Ever since Michael Jackson died from an overdose, the dangers of propofol have been in the media spotlight. Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murry, was tried and convicted of manslaughter for giving him the drug on a nightly basis. Dr. Murry used the drug to put Michael Jackson to sleep, because he claimed that Jackson suffered from severe insomnia. However, Propofol is not a medication that is used for insomnia. It is a very powerful sedative used to put people to sleep before they undergo surgery.
The Dangers of Propofol: What are they?
Propofol is a fast-acting drug. Usually, patients fall asleep in a matter of seconds after being injected. It is well known to be a risky drug, which is why it’s administered in a controlled medical setting. Its use is usually limited to anesthesiologists.
Propofol can cause dangerous suppression of breathing which is one of the biggest dangers of Propofol use. When the breathing is suppressed, it can induce cardiac arrest and death. Most doctors wouldn’t even imagine using it without emergency life support equipment nearby. This is because one of the dangers of Propofol is how quickly it works.
Another one of the dangers of Propofol is that it has no antidote. When you overdose on Propofol, the only thing you can do is wait until it is out of the system.
Also, Propofol doesn’t allow much margin for error. The dose needed to get to sleep and the dose needed to kill you could be only a few milligrams apart. This is why Propofol is almost always deadly when it is abused by people who are not medical professionals.
The Dangers of Propofol: Recreational use
While Propofol use is common when used in general anesthesia it has also become more common for people to use it for recreational purposes. Propofol can be self-administered for short-term effects such as mild euphoria, hallucinations, and lack of inhibition. Long term Propofol use can lead to addiction. There are a wide range of different reactions to the drug Propofol, which is one of the biggest dangers of Propofol use. At least three deaths from self-administration have been recorded from people using Propofol. Recreational Propofol use is most commonly found among medical staff such as anesthesiologists who have access to it. Because of the rotations of their shifts with sort periods of rest, recreational use of Propofol allows the user to go into a well-rested state and quickly come out of it. Recreational Propofol use among those not in the medical community is fairly rare because of its potency and its level of monitoring. For professionals, however, it’s easy to get and difficult to detect.
The other reason that the recreational use of Propofol is so rare is because of how quickly the drug works. The drug puts you into a rapid state of sleep, leaving no time to really enjoy the “high” of Propofol.
The short-to-nonexistent high of Propofol and the unavailability of Propofol on the streets all but guarantee that this drug is unlikely to become widely abused. However, one of the dangers of Propofol media attention is that people who have not heard of the drug may seek it out.