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Drug Addicts in Nursing Homes

Updated on August 5, 2015

Drug Abuse in Nursing Homes

As a nurse, you dread when another drug user comes in! They are

usually in denial that they have a problem. They seem to always

use the excuse that something bite them and it got infected.

We have to watch very carefully their location at all times. And

that can be a challenge when you have other residents to watch.

Insurance will not cover for a one on one sitter to come and sit with

them. We have to monitor vistors and inspect all packages being

delievered to them. We also have to find time to check all their

belongings in their room if necessary. If there is an inciddent that

happens it is such a hassle. I have to notify athorties, their doctor,

their families, and spend extra time charting. This takes away from

your loved one that isn't a drug abuser. Im not saying that I don't

feel sorry for them or don't take care of them. I always do my best

to keep all of my patients safe. Nursing homes are now becomming

the new drug rehab. I don't think this is right. When I think of a

nursing home, I believe it should be the elderly or young; that

families need help taking care of them. Why should your mom and

dad or grandma and grandpa have to deal with this. I can't tell you

how many times I have found a drug addict in someone elses room,

stealing whatever they can; to feed their addiction. Not all, But most

drug addicts will leave a facility and be back in a couple of days. I

have had so many codes due to drug overdose. Stop sending

these people to nursing homes! They become very violent and

don't care who they hurt. Send them to mandatory drug

rehabs that have the equipement and knowledge for best results.

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