By G. Hussein Rassool
Dependancy for Nurses is a finished textbook for college students, explaining the function of the nurse at every one degree of intervention. Early chapters technique the topic from sociological, old, and cultural views, masking major subject matters comparable to the character of dependancy, its social context, and dependancy concept. The e-book then offers very important information regarding all of the major components of dependancy (nicotine, alcohol, opiates, hashish, psychostimulants, and hallucinogens), with medical and functional suggestions on reputation, evaluate, and therapy intervention techniques.
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5 Routes of drug administration. 6 Effective route where the drug is inhaled For example, tobacco or heroin smoking (‘chasing the dragon’) Methods of drug injecting include intramuscularly or subcutaneously and/or intravenously Injection of drugs is less widespread than other routes of drug administration but also the most hazardous The major danger of injecting is the risk of overdose because of the concentrated effect of this method There is also the risk of infection from non-sterile injection methods including hepatitis B and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections, abscesses, gangrene and thromboses The onset of the effects of the drug is rapid when it is administered intravenously and is a major reason why drugs are often self-administered by injection Complications of injecting.
2010 G. 1 Definitions: addiction and drugs. Addiction Addictive behaviour includes the misuse of psychoactive substances and activities leading to excessive behavioural patterns (eating, drinking, drug use, gambling and sexuality) Drugs ‘Any substance or chemical that alters the structure or functioning of a living being’ (WHO 1981) The therapeutic use of a drug means a pharmacological preparation used in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of an abnormal or pathological condition The non-therapeutic use of drugs commonly refers to the use of illegal or socially disapproved substances (Rassool 1998) Drugs, in the context of this book, refer to all psychoactive substances (alcohol, drugs, tobacco) that are licit, illicit and prescribed Drug misuse ‘Drug misuse may be seen as the use of drugs in a socially unacceptable way that is harmful or hazardous to the individual or others’ (Royal College of Psychiatrists and Royal College of Physicians Working Party 2000) Unsanctioned use A drug that is not approved by society Hazardous use A drug leading to harm or dysfunction Dysfunctional use A drug leading to impaired psychological or social functioning Harmful use A drug that is known to have caused tissue damage or psychiatric disorders Drug dependence The behavioural responses that always include a compulsion to take the drug in order to experience its physical or psychological effects, and sometimes to avoid the discomfort of its absence.
Addiction for Nurses by G. Hussein Rassool