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Substance Use Disorders and Nursing Care

This guide is to assist you in research topics related to addiction, treatment and recovery of these disorders as well as trauma-informed care, related stigma and harm reduction avenues. Here you will find information on the various substances commonly fo

Introduction

Substance Use Disorders - Opioids

Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a substance use disorder relating to the use of an opioid. Signs of the disorder include a strong desire to use opioids, increased tolerance to opioids, difficulty fulfilling obligations, trouble reducing use, and withdrawal symptoms with discontinuation. Opioid withdrawal symptoms may include nausea, muscle aches, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, agitation, and a low mood. Addiction and dependence are components of a substance use disorder. Complications may include opioid overdose, suicide, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and problems at school, work, or home.

​This module includes informative books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, and more to assist you with learning and understanding more about the prevalence and harms associated with its use, and treatment modalities for those living with an opioid use disorder.

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