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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

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family is the biggest support system for any individual, binding the loved ones in an inseparable bond, dealing with tough times, amplifying happy times, and offering love and care when one needs the most. A recent study further highlighted the role of the family in saving lives of patients in case of opioid overdoses. This can be made possible due to increased access to an antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of opioids. 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

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

The desire to get high often compel people to do ludicrous things that often leave others baffled, to say the least. The increased experimentation and use of drugs often lead to a dependence on drugs.

In a bid to try a range of drugs, people start abusing a variety of substances, such as paint thinners, snake venom, mothballs, hand sanitizers and mouthwash. The length to which some individuals can go to seek euphoria is truly mind-boggling. Read more

Just a single dose of ‘gray death’ may be lethal

Just a single dose of ‘gray death’ may be lethal

A novel drug combination labeled “gray death” is adding fuel to America’s opioid crisis. The drug appears similar to concrete mixture and is available in varying textures, such as rock-like, chunky material or in the form of a fine powder. Gray death is an extremely potent cocktail of several opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil (a fentanyl analog used to tranquilize elephants and large animals) and U-47700, a synthetic opioid commonly known as pink. Authorities have found the drug in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio where it has been linked to some overdose cases. Read more