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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.

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Specialist nurse starts new alcohol role at Midlands hospital

A specialist nurse is to lead initiatives at Queen’s Hospital in Burton aimed at preventing alcohol-related illnesses and providing support for patients who want to cut down on drinking.

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Survey: Nurses' wellbeing still needs more attention

The NHS is still failing to attach enough importance to the health and wellbeing of its nursing workforce, but the picture is improving, according to results from our latest annual survey.

Health visitors and midwives urged to discuss co-sleeping SIDS risk with parents

Health visitors and midwives should advise parents or carers with a child under the age of one about the risk of co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to new guidelines.

More older women being treated for drinking excessive alcohol

A worrying number of older women are entering formal treatment for alcoholism, according to new figures.

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Alcohol during pregnancy

Case could lead to drinking alcohol while pregnant becoming illegal

Drinking during pregnancy could become a criminal offence, women’s charities have said.

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'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

If I were to ask you if you thought those who are dependent on substances and members of their family were subjected to negativity from some healthcare professionals, what would your honest answer be?

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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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Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.

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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