10% of all nurses might be dependent on alcohol or other drugs, according
to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing figures. As the National
Council of State Boards of Nursing states “Many nurses with substance use
disorder are unidentified, unreported, untreated and may continue to
practice where their impairment may endanger the lives of their patients.”
In a recent study, it is said that women get addicted to medication and
alcohol faster than men. The Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research saw
that women’s hormonal cycles can make them more prone to drug addiction,
especially when fertility-related hormone levels are high.
When it comes to being addicted to prescription medicines nurses are
familiar and fluent with administering addictive medications. The factors
for addiction for nurses start at work. For example, nurses can take the
night or holiday shifts this way they avoid detection by management. Nurses
that are hiding addiction are able to hide behind working long hours. With
working such long shifts everyone sees a nurse is fatigued, so no one
worries about its addiction.
An anonymous survey was mailed out to nurses asking if they were binge
drinking using cocaine, marijuana and/or prescription drugs. 32% of the
respondents said that they used at least one of the drugs .