Drug abuse is rising in the United States. According to the CDC, in 2015-- alone-- more than 15,000 people died from opioid overdose. Drugabuse.gov reports that 80% of those addicted to opioids first took an opioid as a prescription. But this isn’t something I have to explain to you. If we want to curb the addiction epidemic, we have to work together and look for help from the experts.
Nurses play a vital role in diminishing this crisis. And they are a part of all stages of substance abuse care. Nurses educate on how to prevent substance abuse, look after and help those in treatment, and take care of those in recovery. To learn more about how important nurses are in helping people with substance abuse, check out this educational graphic from Duquesne University.