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

New strain of fentanyl resistant to Narcan

New strain of fentanyl resistant to Narcan

Synthetic opiate painkillers like fentanyl are often prescribed to patients who are battling with severe pain or injury. Although such medications work quickly to relieve excruciating pain, they come with side effects, such as addiction. Fentanyl has a high potential for abuse due to its ability to cause the state of euphoria and relaxation in users. Read more

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Cardiovascular disorders are common in the United States but young whites are now exhibiting symptoms of grievous heart infections caused due to reasons hitherto unknown. Scientists attribute the same to rise in injection drug use among the young white population living in the country. A group of researchers in their study titled “Increasing Infectious Endocarditis Admissions Among Young People Who Inject Drugs” have suggested that people who inject drugs (PWID) face a greater risk of being afflicted with infective endocarditis (IE). Read more

Doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to treat opioid addiction, finds study

Doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to treat opioid addiction, finds study

The opioid crisis in not new in America. Earlier, the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers skyrocketed to nearly 207 million in 2013, from approximately 76 million in 1991. According to public health officials in the United States, the current opioid crisis, which killed over 33,000 people in 2015, is the worst epidemic in American history. Read more

Unique addiction habits in American youth

Unique addiction habits in American youth

Drugs have penetrated the American society deeply and have left no socioeconomic group untouched. The most commonly abused drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, methamphetamine and prescription medications, have a long-term negative impact on the physical and mental health of a person. Read more