opioid addiction

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN President, American Nurses Association

Addressing the opioid epidemic

Funding and access to care are crucial to solving substance use disorders. The word crisis can be defined in several ways. But when looking at the extent of…

Deadly staph infections linked to opioid epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs reported that more than 119,000 Americans acquired bloodstream Staphylococcus aureus infections in 2017, and nearly 20,000 died. The…
United States Food and Drug

FDA taking new steps to address opioid addiction

On June 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce new steps it is taking to address opioid addiction. Opioid formulations with properties designed to deter abuse…

Nurses lead in fighting opioid crisis

Nowhere in the nation are we immune to the ravages of the opioid epidemic. The crisis has struck our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Across party lines, lawmakers at the…

Opioid overdose

When Tom Smith* finds his mother Mary, age 59, extremely sleepy and difficult to awaken, he calls 911. The emergency medical technician (EMT) notes a prescription bottle labeled…

Treating Teenagers with Opioid Addictions

Opioid use disorder (OUD), especially among the young, is a growing crisis. Statistics from 2017 indicate that every day approximately 900 adolescents began misusing opioids; some began using…

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