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52 Is random drug testing for chronic pain patients a good idea?

Is random drug testing for chronic pain patients a good idea?

April 7th, 2011

Some U.S. states may start to require that patients being treated for chronic pain be randomly tested for the presence of opioids. But will this practice reduce prescription drug misuse, addiction, and overdose? Or will required testing for opioids benefits patients? Dr. Burson comments here on random drug testing for opioids here.

1 Art shows and addiction

Art shows and addiction

April 6th, 2011

With art as a method of addressing addiction, everyone can understand the message of recovery. Young, old, rich, poor. Learn some key lessons in setting up addiction art exhibitions and how art shows can help advance the cause of addiction educators.

9 The stigma of drug abuse among nurses

The stigma of drug abuse among nurses

April 3rd, 2011

The disease of addiction still carries stigma. And there is often added stigma for nurse addicts. We offer reasons that society judges medical staff who are substance users and abusers…and suggestions for how to decrease the stigma of drug abuse among nurses here.

14 Why do drug addicts seek snake bites to get high?

Why do drug addicts seek snake bites to get high?

March 26th, 2011

A case study published in March 2011 of two addicts in India has uncovered a new way that addicts can get high: snakebites. But why do people subject themselves to a potentially deadly amount of venom? And what type of person would resort to this extreme? More on snake bites and addiction here.

8 Opiate substitution medications: 3 reasons governments should legalize them

Opiate substitution medications: 3 reasons governments should legalize them

March 21st, 2011

Governments that ban opiate substitution therapies often do not understand their uses and applications. Here we present three (3) reasons for the legalization of opiate substitution medications such as methadone and buprenorphine.

2 5 signs of nursing burnout

5 signs of nursing burnout

March 16th, 2011

Burnout can trigger addiction. Even more, job burnout can keep medical staff from both personal satisfaction and performance. Learn to recognize burnout in nursing here and get ideas for getting back on your feet.

4 Dealing with grief to prevent drug abuse and misuse

Dealing with grief to prevent drug abuse and misuse

March 9th, 2011

No matter your age, the death of a loved one can trigger intense emotions of loss and grief. Grief and loss can even trigger drug abuse and misuse. Learn why dealing with grief is important and evaluate 5 coping skills for grief here.

3 The history of OxyContin reformulation

The history of OxyContin reformulation

February 28th, 2011

Dr. Jana Burson reviews the market surrounding OxyContin, including manufacturer Purdue Pharma’s false marketing scandal, and the eventual new formula that makes the drug harder to snort or inject. But does the new OxyContin formula / OxyContin reformulation successfully deter addicts? Yes. More here on OxyContin reformulation.

2 How to show respect for self in addiction recovery

How to show respect for self in addiction recovery

February 25th, 2011

Everyone wants good self-respect. But how can addicts get their respect back after years of drinking or using drugs? Life Coach Keith Bray teaches us the 8 simple steps to achieving healthy respect of self here.

11 The ethics of drug testing medical professionals

The ethics of drug testing medical professionals

February 23rd, 2011

Some medical fields require random drug testing, while others only test if they suspect a problem. However, drug tests should be used to recognize a drug or alcohol problem among healthcare workers. Then, medical institutions should help professionals get the help they need. More on ethics of drug tests in the medical field here.

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