Substance Misuse Nursing
News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists
Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies
Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people
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 interventions - “having a word” at the right time - can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly
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.
A trust established links with the South Asian community to reduce health inequalities in access to services for hepatitis C virus testing and treatment.
Substance misuse problems may be more difficult to identify in older people, so screening and assessment should be carried out to prevent further harm.
Substance misuse in older adults is common but remains under-recognised.
Substance Misuse News
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.
Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man’s sperm, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
As a custody nurse, Lorna Stephens cares for people who have anything from diabetes or drug dependency issues to depression
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.
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.
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.
Behind the Headlines
“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.
“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.
‘Disease of kings’ is on the rise as more people get gout due to rising rates of obesity, according to the Daily Mail.