Working in a rural emergency room, this author cares for individuals, on a daily basis, who suffer from drug abuse and addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies these individuals as Persons Who Use Drugs under the Specific Populations category (Healthy Living, 2017). Working with persons who use drugs (PWUD) daily is difficult for some in different ways. One may become sad seeing the destructive path that is formed from drug abuse or one may become callous to the individuals that are abusing drugs. It is important as health care providers to understand that PWUD may suffer from addiction.
Drug use can affect multiple systems even after only one use. PWUD should be assessed for co-occurring mental health disorders, the …show more content…
NIDA is an institute that falls under the National Institute of Health. The mission of the NIDA is “advance science on the causes of and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health (About NIDA, n.d., para. 1). The NIDA conducts research in an effort to establish effective plans that are aimed at preventing and treating drug abuse. The NIDA is also focused on ensuring that individuals who need treatment have treatment available (NIDA Strategic Plan, n.d.). References
About NIDA. (n.d.). Retrieved from National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida
Co-occurring disorders. (2016). Retrieved from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring
Health consequences of Drug Misuse. (2017). Retrieved from National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse
Healthy living. (2017). Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: