Addiction

Improving nurses’ attitudes toward patients with substance use disorders

Editor’s note: The author uses substance use disorder as a diagnostic term. However, some of the research he cites uses a different term, such as drug addiction or drug...

When a nurse returns to work after substance abuse treatment

center {display:none;} A substance use disorder (SUD) that impairs a nurse’s ability to practice poses a safety risk. So it’s reasonable to ask: What are...

Doctor shopping and prescription substance use disorders: A nursing response

Prescription substance use disorders (SUDs) have a serious impact on society. In 2013, 6.5 million adults admitted to illicit use of prescription medications. The...

The painful problem of drug diversion and what you can do

Controlled substance (CS) abuse and addiction is debilitating for those who suffer from it and devastating to those with whom they interact. Yet, some...

Can we curb substance abuse in college students?

Nurses can use current science to collaborate with other healthcare professionals toward reducing alcohol and drug abuse.

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The impaired nurse: Would you know what to do if you suspected substance abuse?

Check your knowledge of substance abuse in nurses.

Stigma and misconceptions related to addictive disease

What do you know about addiction to opioids? If you are like many clinicians you might have trouble sorting out the facts, which can...

Case Study: When is what you know considered confidential?

Five years ago, Jane Doe* was an inpatient at the XYZ Psychiatric Medical Clinic, being treated for long-standing cocaine use. Hers was a voluntary...

Spotting alcohol and substance abuse

If you work in primary care, consider creating screening program for alcohol and substance abuse.

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