Category list : Substance misuse
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An urgent call for people to get tested for hepatitis C virus has been made by Public Health England, after new survey data suggested a lack of awareness.
A group of organisations in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster have held their first “pop-up hub” to help homeless people and rough sleepers with health issues and other concerns.
One of the keys to eradicating hepatitis C virus infection is to find infected people who are not engaged with health services and offer them treatment with direct-acting antivirals. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
People with a history of injecting drug use are at risk of venous disease and leg ulcers, especially if they inject or used to inject into the femoral vein. This article comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
Nurses who work in prisons are being harmed and put at risk by a surge in the use of the psychoactive drug known as Spice, says the Royal College of Nursing, which has called for stronger safeguards.
Lack of specialist substance misuse training for nursing staff at the Nightingale Hospital in London is putting patients at risk of “serious harm”, according to the Care Quality Commission.
Nurse-led clinics offered in hostels for homeless people can be an effective way of providing sexual health care to a hard-to-reach, at-risk population. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
How can health professionals ensure that opiate-based painkillers are taken safely and appropriately? Lucy Bates suggests that supporting the Opioids Aware campaign might be a good place to start
Developing a comprehensive hospital alcohol liaison service involves all staff in assessing patient risk and making appropriate referrals. This initiative won the award for Emergency and Critical Care in the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
Specialised treatment and a pathway for return to practice should be favoured over discipline for nurses that have been found to have substance and alcohol use disorders, according to US experts.