Addiction

Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic Research

In early September 2019, Johns Hopkins opened its new Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, which explores the use of psychedelics on brain function, memory, and the brain’s biology. The center explores the use of...

New FDA guidelines on risks of smokeless tobacco products

For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized eight Swedish Match USA, Inc. snus smokeless tobacco products to be marketed through the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) pathway. Recently,...

How the opioid epidemic affects women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become such a prominent topic in today’s society that it’s hard to go one day without hearing news about new death statistics or pending litigation issues, but one aspect...

What works: Managing opioid overdose in the community

Takeaways: To help reduce the rise in opioid prescriptions, misuse, and overdose, healthcare professionals must improve their pain management knowledge, decrease opioid prescriptions as appropriate, and provide patients with the education and resources they...

Guide for using MAT for opioid use disorder

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy has developed a new resource for healthcare practitioners to aid in treating opioid use disorder (OUD). The Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (or the MAT...
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NP role in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

Combine medication and counseling with shared decision-making to treat addiction. Takeaways: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), an evidence-based intervention for opioid use disorder and withdrawal symptom management, combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapies. Barriers to MAT include...
Middle-school program reduces young adult substance abuse

Middle-school program reduces young adult substance abuse

Children who participated in the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) program over seven years ago showed lower rates of substance abuse after high school graduation, according to a new study conducted by...

Improving nurses’ attitudes toward patients with substance use disorders

Editor’s note: The author uses substance use disorder as a diagnostic term. However, some of the research he cites uses a different term, such as drug addiction or drug misuse. In those cases, to ensure an accurate description of the study,...
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When a nurse returns to work after substance abuse treatment

center {display:none;} A substance use disorder (SUD) that impairs a nurse’s ability to practice poses a safety risk. So it’s reasonable to ask: What are adequate safeguards to put in place when a team member...
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Doctor shopping and prescription substance use disorders: A nursing response

Prescription substance use disorders (SUDs) have a serious impact on society. In 2013, 6.5 million adults admitted to illicit use of prescription medications. The annual cost of prescription SUDs is estimated at $72 billion....
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The painful problem of drug diversion and what you can do

Controlled substance (CS) abuse and addiction is debilitating for those who suffer from it and devastating to those with whom they interact. Yet, some healthcare professionals, including nurses, become involved with drug diversion of...

Can we curb substance abuse in college students?

Nurses can use current science to collaborate with other healthcare professionals toward reducing alcohol and drug abuse.
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