K.V. Scruggs

K.V. Scruggs is an internal medicine physician, blogger, novelist, and screenwriter. Email K.V.

She is an alumna of Clemson University and received her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is currently taking a sabbatical from practicing medicine to focus on her writing. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and grouchy cat.

Her first novel, What They Don’t Know, received the First Place award in Global Thriller category of the 2017 Chanticleer Writing Competition. It is available at local Raleigh, NC bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

In 2019, she ventured into the world of screenwriting. Her original TV Pilot, The Hive, was a semi-finalist in the 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship competition, second-rounder at Austin Film Festival, and quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Drama and Genre Screenplay competitions.

She has also penned a female-driven thriller feature entitled Lies That Bind which tackles issues such as friendship, family, and forgiveness.

Most recently, she completed a psychological thriller, Broken, about a bullied teenager suffering from stress-induced blackouts who must hunt down his sister’s killer in their rural North Carolina town.

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    • Saw your post in the Huffington Post about the opioid epidemic. Due to the changes that the government has recently made, we are having a really hard time getting my mother’s pain pill prescription filled. She is in constant pain due to a number of health issues. She is 98 years old. At this point in her life, what difference does it make if she gets addicted? She is bed-ridden, so it’s not like she is going to run out and start robbing banks to support her habit. Side effects? Again, at this point, it’s not a real concern. Why can’t she be allowed to live out what little bit of life she has left without pain?
      Sorry – just venting.


      • I want to make sure this is very clear: I am a proponent of using pain medications in the appropriate scenario, and, without knowing the details of your mom’s case, this seems to be an appropriate use of them. There is a big difference between the palliative use of these medications in a patient whose goal is to relieve suffering at what seems to be the end of their life (even if there is no immediate life-threatening illness, she is bedridden and suffering) and the unregulated use of them in young or middle-aged patients whose primary goal is to regain their ability to work, take care of their children, and enjoy physical activities.

        This is exactly what I worry about happening if we don’t police ourselves and the government feels compelled to do it for us: regulations can limit what we feel to be appropriate use of opioids to the detriment of our patients.


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