Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Famous personalities and their drugs of choice

Famous personalities and their drugs of choice

There is a fine line interconnecting famous personalities and their trail of addiction. Most of them have their own list of addictive substances, ranging from alcohol to ecstasy or crystal meth. While some indulge in alcohol abuse, some prefer to get a euphoric high through psychedelic drugs or stimulants.  Read more

Proposition 47 and the decriminalization of drug possession

Proposition 47 and the decriminalization of drug possession

Until recently, a person discovered using illegal drugs in California faced arrest and possible jail time. However, in November of 2014, Proposition 47 was approved, reducing felonies that did not involve violence such as shoplifting and drug possession to a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is usually punishable by a fine and/or community service. The change in the law is estimated to result in 40,000 fewer annual felony convictions. The passage of Proposition 47 substitutes misdemeanor sentencing in place of felony for the following: Read more