Substance Misuse Nursing
News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists
A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.
All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.
Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies
This article reports on a competency framework to improve nurses’ skills in caring for people with liver disease, marking the launch of a Nursing Times Learning Unit
Nurses are increasingly likely to encounter patients with advanced liver disease and have a vital role in improving end-of-life care for this group
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
Substance Misuse News
Obesity and alcohol problems are major public health challenges that are still not being properly addressed by the NHS, with health workers often unaware of the “shocking” statistics surrounding the issues, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has provisionally recommended ledipasvir-sofosbuvir (Harvoni) as a treatment option for some adults with genotype 1 or 4 chronic hepatitis C.
Midwives and nurses are being encouraged to have frank discussions with pregnant women about alcohol consumption, following the publication of updated patient guidance.
Two new treatment options for patients with hepatitis C are a step closer to being recommended for use in the NHS, following draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Healthcare staff who work long hours in stressful environments are at an increased risk of developing a dangerous relationship with alcohol, warn researchers.
What’s in a name? Quite a bit it seems. Researchers, writing in the subtly titled journal Evidence Based Medicine, have found that choosing the right name is the key to success in online dating.
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?
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.
Behind the Headlines
“How having just the one drink can make you look more gorgeous, according to science,” The Independent reports. But the “science” turns out to be an experiment carried out under highly artificial conditions.
“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.
“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.