Functions of a Nurse in Health Care

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1. Pregnancy and drug abuse The drug abuse menace has been indicated to be one of the leading factors that negatively affect people at whatever stage of life right from the fetus stage to the fully grown baby and the adulthood. There were astonishing statistics from the 2008 and 2009 data that relates to the pregnant women and drug abuse. It is indicated that the drug abuse by pregnant women who are younger was higher than the elderly ones. The percentages of pregnant women between the ages of 15 to 17 and abused drugs stood at 15.8% of them, a figure that is relatively higher that that of women in the same age gap who are not pregnant at 13% (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2011). These are grim statistics that definitely require the intervention of the entire society and all concerned agencies to ensure that the issue of drug abuse is sufficiently handled and reduced to safeguard the future generations. In order to combat this among the pregnant women, there needs to be a comprehensive Ante Natal Care focus on the issue of pregnancy and drug abuse. The program should be one that covers the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of the ANC concerning drug abuse. Assessment; this stage will try to first find out if the pregnant mothers abuse drugs, and to what extent. This stage can be accomplished easily by the use of questionnaires with intrusive questions and those that find out the attitude of the drug abuser (Yale Medical Group, 2012).
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