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Substance Misuse Nursing

News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists

How common medicines can affect bone health

How common medicines can affect bone health Subscription Required

Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies

Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances

Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances Subscription Required

Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people

Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

New guidance from NICE on social anxiety disorder aims to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment, and to improve the quality of life of people with the disorder

Brief intervention for alcohol misuse Subscription Required

Brief interventions - “having a word” at the right time - can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly

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Communication in cross-cultural cancer care

This article explores the issue of communication between health professionals and patients with cancer from different cultures, and the limitations in using professional or family interpreters.

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Hepatitis C awareness among South Asians Subscription Required

A trust established links with the South Asian community to reduce health inequalities in access to services for hepatitis C virus testing and treatment.

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Substance misuse in older people 2: identifying and treating substance misuse Subscription Required

Substance misuse problems may be more difficult to identify in older people, so screening and assessment should be carried out to prevent further harm.

Over-the-counter drugs are misused

Types of substance misuse and risk factors Subscription Required

Substance misuse in older adults is common but remains under-recognised.

Drink rise 'linked to death rates'

'Rapid and shocking' rise in alcohol-related deaths

A startling jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcohol consumption, Public Health England (PHE) has warned.

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Habitual alcohol use 'may reduce sperm quality', study finds

Habitual alcohol use 'may reduce sperm quality', study finds

Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man’s sperm, new research suggests.

NICE approves nalmefene for NHS to help alcohol-dependant patients

NICE backs pill to help patients with alcohol dependency

A drug to help alcohol-dependant patients reduce the amount they drink has moved a step closer to be approved for use in the NHS.

Map reveals alcohol-related liver disease hotspots

Map reveals emergency admission hotspots for liver disease

Health officials have mapped out the places in England that have the highest rates of people admitted to hospital as an emergency for alcohol-related liver disease.

Hunt 'open' to charging for alcohol-related A&E attendances

Hunt 'open' to charging for alcohol-related A&E attendances

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had a “great deal of sympathy” for the idea of charging alcohol-related admissions money if they end up in A&E units.

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Lorna-Stephens

Cops, robbers... and nurses

As a custody nurse, Lorna Stephens cares for people who have anything from diabetes or drug dependency issues to depression

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Substance misusers are not a lost cause Subscription Required

Courageous, strong, brave, committed, supportive and kind. These are the words I most associate with the service users I have been working with over the past four weeks.

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60 seconds with... Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser

We talk to Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser in substance misuse at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, who qualified as an RGN in 1990 and as an RMN in 1995.

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'Be clear about your motivation for the profession'

We talk to Karen Jordan, senior nurse practitioner, substance misuse and wellbeing, at Spectrum Community Health CIC, who has been a nurse for 35 years.

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Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

“England is a nation of secret boozers,” The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys.

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Huge rise in gout cases

‘Disease of kings’ is on the rise as more people get gout due to rising rates of obesity, according to the Daily Mail.

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