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Support needed to help nurses tackle substance abuse, Vanderbilt University:"An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of nurses and nursing students in the United States may have substance abuse, misuse, dependency or addiction problems. The key to tackling this difficult issue — and protecting public safety — is support and treatment rather than punishment, according to a recent paper in the Journal of Clinical Nursing by Todd Monroe, a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and colleagues at the University of Tennessee. "Doctors and nurses are only human and face the same problems as everyone else, which can include chemical dependency," said Monroe."
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee 37240 · (615) 322-7311
http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2011/02/help-nurses-tackle-substance-abuse/

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Forum Discussions:

Drug Use As A Nursing Student:"Hi all. I am a male nursing student in my 2nd semester of school. I have 3 more after this and will take the boards next fall. I'm really excited about all of the possibilities and most of all (not to sound too cliche)about the opportunities to change lives that I'll have. I do have a question for current RN's. I occasionally smoke small amounts of marijuana. I don't have remorse or shame because I know it's a personal choice that I let affect noone around me. I only do it alone or with very close friends. I don't sell it or try to get anyone else to try it." http://www.nursingdiscussions.com/drug

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Impaired Nurses Bibliography, Alcohol And Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI):
http://lib.adai.washington.edu/biblist.htm#SP#occ

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Narcotic Use and Diversion in Nursing, Mandy L. Hrobak, University of North Carolina Charlotte:"Narcotic use and diversion in nursing is a growing problem that may be difficult to identify. Clinical indicators can help managers and staff become knowledgeable about signs and symptoms. Areas related to job performance, personality/mental status, and diversion are looked at as indicators. Workplace access and deviant work group norms can contribute to the picture. Certain methods of diversion may be hard to detect. Institutions need to be prepared to handle incidences of narcotic use and diversion before they occur. Policies can help provide for positive outcomes for the institution and the nurse, should she/he decide to receive treatment. Patient safety is of the utmost concern. A supportive environment is important for reentry of the rehabilitated nurse at work. Alcohol and drug dependency are covered under the American Disability Act of 1990. Assistance programs, education, and further research are needed in this area."
http://juns.nursing.arizona.edu/articles/Fall%202002/hrobak.htm

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National Resources:

American Society of Addiction Medicine:""The nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addictions."
American Society of Addiction Medicine
4601 North Park Ave, Arcade Suite 101 Chevy Chase, M.D. 20815
Telephone 301/656-3920 Fax: 301/656-3815
http://www.asam.org

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National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI):"Established in 1987, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI) is a unique membership organization whose members are responsible for investigating and prosecuting pharmaceutical drug diversion. The organization has proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement, the pharmaceutical industry and health regulatory personnel. NADDI's objective is simple: to improve the members' ability to investigate, and prosecute, pharmaceutical drug diversion."
http://www.naddi.org

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National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.:"NASADAD's basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State. The Board of Directors is composed of a President, First Vice President, Vice President for Treatment, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Prevention, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as 10 regional representatives elected by the Association members in the region. The Washington, DC, office is headed by an Executive Director and includes divisions concerned with Research and Program Applications, Prevention Services, and Public Policy."
808 17th Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-0090.
http://www.nasadad.org/

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September 12, 2000, Illinois, Chicago: Problem nurses escape punishment:"Lax government oversight and a shoddy system of reporting medical errors allow negligent, incompetent and impaired registered nurses to return to work in Illinois even after committing deadly errors. In Chicago, registered nurses have injected themselves with heroin and cocaine, then committed dozens of errors. They have stolen prescribed medications, then left patients to suffer in pain for hours."
http://chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-000912nursing3.story

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State Specific Resources:

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    Illinois:

      Illinois Nurses Association Statement on Chicago Tribune series on "Nursing Errors":"Like the general public, the Illinois Nurses Association was alarmed to see the disturbing headlines in the Chicago Tribune's series on nurses' involvement in medical errors. A close reading of the articles, however, reveals the findings that “nursing errors” are overwhelmingly attributable to inadequate staffing and systems, issues that nurses and the Illinois Nurses Association have long warned would result in the deterioration of quality care."
      http://www.illinoisnurses.org/erorsTribStmt.html

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      Peer Assistance Network for Nurses, Nurses Helping Nurses:"The Illinois Nurses Association developed a support network for nurses whose professional performance is hampered by abuse of chemicals or any resulting mental or physical illness. This support network is the Peer Assistance Network of Nurses, or PANN.
      Peer Assistance Network for Nurses (PANN)
      Illinois Nurses Association
      105 W. Adams, Suite 2101
      Chicago, IL 60603
      p: 312-419-2900
      Toll-free, confidential hotline: 1-800-262-2500
      http://www.illinoisnurses.org/benefits.htm

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    Kansas Nurses Assistance Program:"KNAP is a professional assistance program designed to assist all nurses and mental health technicians who have a problem or illness that has or could impair their ability to practice safely. KNAP is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors comprised of nurses who are knowledgeable in these issues and who are willing to donate their time and expertise to assist other nurses."
    Kansas Nurses Assistance Program
    6005 Martway Suite 100 Mission, KS 66202
    (913)236-7575, webmaster@ksbn.state.ks.us
    http://www.ksbn.org/knap.htm

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    New Jersey:

    Nurses with Impaired Practice Problems:"The Institute for Nursing provides information and support to nurses with problems of impaired practice. These practice issues have primarily referred to substance abuse, a problem to which the nursing population is increasingly vulnerable. Services provided."
    The Institute for Nursing 1479 Pennington Road Trenton, New Jersey 08618-2661
    24 Hour Hotline 1-800-662-0108
    http://www.njsna.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=40

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    Drug diversion, qsl.net:"Drug diversion can be best defined as the diversion of licit drugs for illicit purposes. Prescription drug abuse accounts for almost 30% of the overall drug problem in the United States, representing a close challenge to cocaine addiction. Pharmaceutical diversion reaps large profits for the traffickers, and devastation for the abusers. This eventually affects their friends, families, and their workplace. The diversion of pharmaceutical drugs means that prescription drugs were illegally obtained by a variety of methods and a variety of offenders. This may have been accomplished by deception, or an outright theft of the drugs. Health care professionals face the prescription drug abuser on a daily basis. These drug seekers prey on physicians, pharmacists, dentists, and their staff, in a relentless attempt to obtain pharmaceuticals."
    http://www.qsl.net/w5www/diversion.html

    Emergency room nurses' attitudes, nurses' attitudes toward impaired nurses, and studies of attitudinal change:"Surveys of nurses' and nurse managers' attitudes toward impaired nurses, all published in recent years, suggest that they are generally supportive of impaired nurses and sanguine about their prospects for recovery."
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11349683

    Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad:"The Cincinnati Police Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad was formed through a Byrnes Memorial Grant in October 1990. Initially, the squad consisted of one supervisor, four investigators, and a secretary. The grant term ended in 1994, but because of the successes, the City of Cincinnati decided to continue to finance the operation."
    Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad, Sergeant Kerry Rowland, Commander
    Cincinnati Police Department
    310 Ezzard Charles Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45214 USA
    513-352-1610
    http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/police/pages/-5067-/

    Pharmaceutical Diversion Education:"Pharmaceutical Diversion Education is designed to assist a wide range of the population in understanding the potential abuse and addiction that can be associated with prescription medication. Year after year, Drug Enforcement Administration statistics indicate that pharmaceuticals are almost 30% of the overall drug problem in the United States, running a close second only to cocaine abuse. However, until recently, law enforcement, health care professionals, and the general public have placed little emphasis on this huge problem."
    Pharmaceutical Diversion Education, Inc.
    P.O. Box 146 Bethel, Ohio 45106
    Phone 1-800-566-2049 Fax (513) 734-1647
    http://www.rxdiversion.com/

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