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
Public health initiatives need to focus on six key areas in particular to improve the nation’s wellbeing, according to the head of England’s national public health body.
The number of unexplained deaths among babies is not reducing fast enough and health officials must do more to prevent cot deaths, a charity has said.
Deaths linked to legal highs could surpass those related to heroin use within just two years, according to a new report by a think-tank.
Pharmacies should be allowed to do more to tackle the obesity crisis, experts said after they found most people in the UK live within easy walking distance of a chemist.
A cannabis factory was found in the grounds of a mental health hospital, police have confirmed.
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.