There has been a more active response to medical opiate abuse known as “The Medicine Abuse Project”2. This movement was in response to the increased documented usage of prescription drugs among teens. There has been a push for states to comply with proper prescription medication disposal, education, and for the pharmaceutical agencies to make drugs less tamper proof for abuse2.
An important part of our learning and growing experience must stem from our ability to analyze and reflect upon the groups that we have been members in. This reflection can define our understanding of the weaknesses both in ourselves and in the others within our group; and it can help to shape the way that we act in future groups. Adjusting ourselves to compensate for our weaknesses, based upon an honest and thorough examination of our actions within a group setting, is one of most important thing for any person to do. It is only through this evaluation that we can improve ourselves and our interactions with others. This paper will examine a group that was required to make an important decision about adding a new member
The United States Army has every corner covered for their substance abuse therapies, rehabilitation, counseling, promotional material, and awareness campaigns. The facilities are located at just about every duty station for each of the groups of people that could possibly need the services offered. There is no real way to build or make this system any better. The only thing that might be considered is that if someone voluntarily enters themselves into something like rehabilitation, then the commanders or chain of command can not get the soldier in trouble. While it is supposed to be this way and normally does not affect the soldier very much, in other cases, they can get demoted and other repercussions can happen for a soldier requesting help with
Members of the armed forces sacrifice not only their time, but also their lives serving in extreme stressful situations and remote circumstances in the world. Although these individuals are considered to be one our bravest people in this nation, they are also not immune to the substance use issues that affect the rest of society. U.S. military members are considered to use illicit drug use the least as compared to their civilian counterparts, but the popularity of heavy alcohol and tobacco, prescription drugs, and opioids are increasing in a fast pace. If this is left untreated, then it can often lead to criminal activity and can tragically increase numbers of veterans that are being arrested and entering the criminal justice system.
Substance abuse is a recurring problem in the military. The USA Today news article; “Ex-soldier Returns to Fight Substance Abuse in Military” talks about Frank L. Greenagel Jr., who opened up a counseling center for substance abuse. He also served in the military and agreed that there are many individuals who are dealing with substance addiction while serving the country. It is clear that these individuals need help before things could potentially become fatal.
First of all, it limits them to centers that have undoubtedly already treated a lot of people from the military in the past. As a result, they will better understand the unique factors that contribute to their addictions.
The four work groups identified in the key points from week 3 are the Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y or Millennials all work in my agency the US Army. Individuals with different values, different ideas, different ways of getting things done and different ways of communicating in the workplace have always existed. Each group has its strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, but having this kind of age diversity in the workplace can be challenging for leaders, but also very rewarding. Veterans, tend to respect hierarchy characterized by valuing traditional relationships over time, structure, and loyalty. Baby Boomers tend to value relationships over time, challenge and accept authority, while primarily idealistic
LT Paul and her colleagues developed a poster presentation to deliver at a professional conference to educate fellow BOP officers and Indian Health Service counterparts. This presentation was on the topics of medications utilized in the Federal Bureau of Prisons that pose a higher abuse potential, the issues surrounding their use and the steps for preventing diversion. The presentation was very well received and there was a lasting impact due to the same abuse potential present in the general public that has access to the same medications. When given the opportunity, LT Paul takes the time to inform others about the work she does as a correctional PHS pharmacist.
During 1971, two members of Congress: Robert Steele & John Murphy revealed an alarming report stating that 15 percent of U.S. servicemen in the Vietnam war were addicted to Heroin. The armed forces were trying to deal with the drug problem by combining military discipline with amnesty. Anybody discovered possessing or using illicit drugs was subject to court martial and dishonorable discharge from the service. Many of these drug users that voluntarily looked for help might be offered amnesty and brief treatment. The policy apparently barely had an impact. Heroin abuse and its social effects had increased drastically over the following year and a half.
Problem # 5 Illicit opiate use Goal(s): to be free from illicit drugs. Status: Active Objectives/Progress: Pt. has struggled with continued use of illicit drugs (marijuana, opiates and amphetamines) and his last quarter UDS reflect a pattern of heavy substance use. Pt. was encouraged to work with the medical staff to achieve a stable dosing level. Pt. is regularly taking his medication as prescribed by AMS Doctor and he stated his current prescribed methadone 90 mg is working "well". During the last quarter, Pt. made progress on developing a therapeutic relationship with his new AMS counselor for the upcoming quarter. Also, Counselor focused therapy session on establishing rapport and building trust with him. Pt. is currently in the contemplation stage of change because he more open to receiving information about his negative habits and willing to use educational interventions which he agreed with this assessment. Pt. was reinforced for any statement that reflected acceptance of his chemical dependence and acknowledgment of the negative consequences that opiates has had on his life. During the upcoming quarter, Counselor will assist Pt. to discuss and weigh the pros and cons of continuing his addictive
One has chosen to focus on the substance abuse patients as the vulnerable population for the project. Frequently one has identified and seen stigmatization, prejudgments, and poor care given to this population in the workplace. Many patients are discharged each day with no plan of care, no education on resources and no instructions for follow up care. The outcomes and possibilities for the patient’s recovery have shown to be slim by the frequent return of the patient in the emergency room. The patients return within hours of discharge from the ER and seem to be in the same condition as when they left. One has
Advocating for this health disparity requires increased of supportive power, foundation, and execution of a political strategy (Jansson, 2011). To develop policy change, a coalition of individuals and organizations to support substance use prevention strategies is essential. Members of the coalition will include clinicians and organizations whose purpose is to implement prevention strategies among military-connected youth. The Department of Veteran Affairs provides a variety of services pertaining to military families, and adolescent patients would benefit particularly from substance use prevention. The coalition will have policy makers from schools or health-care organizations consider prevention models for military service children.
The pain management clinic team at the West Palm Beach VA has been provided with a free trial of up to 10 urine drug test for medication monitoring specifically opioids. With this trial, practitioner will detect whether or not a veteran has violated the consent for long-term opioid
There are lots of people around the U.S who who do not understand the hard struggle of people from other countries. Lots of people make stereotypes about Asian people, Latinos, and people from Arabic countries. People would normally assume that if you are asian, you speak Chinese or Japanese, or that you paint nails, or own a “Chinese food” restaurant.
This may be due to the long history of alcohol consumption engrained within the culture. Although alcohol is readily available and easy to obtain, prescription medications for injuries and mental disorders are also potential avenues towards addiction. A survey conducted by Jeffery, Babeu, Nelson, Kloc and Klette (2013) aimed to identify the factor associated with prescription drug misuse. Due to the potential retribution associated with admitting substance abuse while actively serving in the military, experimenters developed a non-attributable in order to garner honest feedback.