Drug Abuse

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Drug abuse Substance abuse is the number one national health problem, causing more deaths, illness, and disabilities then any other health condition.So, whom does this affect and why is it important for the forensic nurse to be aware of substance abuse history. It can affect anyone, neonates can die from a mothers drug abuse, children and spouses, strangers can be beaten to death by an abuser. The abuser can die from substance abuse, mixing of medications, the list is endless. I wonder how many deaths are actually investigated for potential abuse or is the victim actually written off as dying of natural causes. How important is this anyway, if we are to change the system and teach the population the dangers of abuse it is critical that we have the facts.

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