Substance Misuse Nursing
News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists
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.
Adolescents’ motives to start and quit smoking differ from adults’, and their vulnerability to dependence makes prevention and refusal skills priorities
Substance Misuse News
A senior figure in health protection has spoken of the “unacceptable” rate of treatment for hepatitis C in the UK, as new figures were released showing deaths from the infection have more than quadrupled since the mid 1990s.
A liver charity has developed a new smartphone app that tracks frequency of weekly alcohol consumption.
Central and North West London Foundation Trust could close a high performing clinic that treats adults for substance misuse because it can no longer afford to run the service.
Police should arrive unannounced at accident and emergency departments to fine individuals who misuse medical services due to alcohol intake, a campaigner has said.
Drinking a moderate amount of wine or spirits may increase the risk of developing a condition that causes an irregular heart rate, research suggests.
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.
Despite school nurses’ remarkable contribution to the health of young people, we are facing a shortage of these vital practitioners - and increasing demands for their services.
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.