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Support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses

Support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As many as ten to 20 per cent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems (Support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and...)...
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Sarah's comment, September 5, 2012 5:07 PM
Having a family member who has personally dealt with is, I have strong feelings about the issue. This family member was a nurse who was struggling with their drug abuse and chemical dependency. It got so bad that they were approached by another staff member. Luckily, my family member worked at a hospital where programs such as the one discussed in this article were available. Instead of losing their career and receiving no help, they were given the opportunity to enroll in a free rehabilitation program and to after completion, could return to work under strict supervision. After my family member completed all of their counseling, they made the decision to leave the nursing profession. This family member has now been living a drug free lifestyle for almost a year. I know that this would not have been possible if they would have just been fired and hadn't received the help that they did.

Because drug use is such a taboo topic in healthcare, I am glad that programs like they are becoming more and more available to nurses and those working in the medical field. If an employee knows that they can receive help for their problems, without being judged and without necessarily losing their jobs and license, I think they will be much more likely to seek out help, and accept help if it is offered to them. I think that giving these people options will prevent unnecessary accidents due to their drug use, because it gives them an escape. I hope that programs like these will become more accepted and widespread because I have personally seen the good that they can do.
Maria Osornio's comment, September 9, 2012 3:52 AM
A high five to those in the medical field that have to endure long exhausting hours in their jobs. I have several family members who are in this field and I totally admire them in dealing with a chaotic field. First of all, you have the life of others in your hands. Second, the long hours that they have to work before getting any rest. It is not surprising that they are easily attracted to medications that are attainable to them. The stress they endure can push them to the path of powerful medications. Although these programs help those in the medical field, what happens to those citizens that steal medications from a pharmacy or forge the signature of a doctor in order to get those restricted medications? I don’t believe our justice system is so lenient with them.
JoLee Sudsbury's comment, September 24, 2012 5:51 PM
I think programs like this are great. Addiction is not prejiduce, it can happen to anyone. I think support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction, no matter what career the addict is in. It is great that their addiction does not cost them their job, as it seems to do with others. Allowing the addicts to maintain their jobs and have something to work towards helps with their self esteem and their ability to stay clean.
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A Brief History of the Prank Phone Call | Light Reading

A Brief History of the Prank Phone Call | Light Reading | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than a century ago, while the phone was still young, pranksters were already calling the morgue to ask for Mr. Stiff.
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Gangster chased down and shot Sunday in East Vancouver awaiting trial for 2013 stabbing death

Gangster chased down and shot Sunday in East Vancouver awaiting trial for 2013 stabbing death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A gang associate wounded in a southeast Vancouver shooting on Sunday night was out on bail in a manslaughter case when he was targeted.The Vancouver Sun has learned the man hurt near East 63rd Avenue and Knight Street just before 9 p.m. Sunday is Chien Khac (Tim) Le, 28.
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BEHIND THE BLOODSHED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S MASS KILLINGS

BEHIND THE BLOODSHED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S MASS KILLINGS | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States. A USA TODAY investigation discovered that they happen far more often than the government reports and can be shockingly predictable.
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Scores in N.C. are legally 'innocent,' yet still imprisoned

Scores in N.C. are legally 'innocent,' yet still imprisoned | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A USA TODAY investigation identified dozens of men locked up for something that's not a crime - many don't know they are innocent.
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Investigation: ATF drug stings targeted minorities

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More than 90% of suspects arrested in the ATF's controversial
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Azano Blames Ex-Officer for Campaign Scandal: Docs

Azano Blames Ex-Officer for Campaign Scandal: Docs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Mexican multi-millionaire accused of illegally contributing more than $600,000 to San Diego political campaigns is blaming a convicted former cop for orchestrating the scandal in which they are...
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The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of hysteria in the 1930s took hold and shaped a national policy that lives on today.
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Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K

Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Florida man was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly bilked more than three-dozen Apple stores across the country of more than $309,000 worth of products over a several-month stretch.
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Symantec, CA Squirm Under DoJ's Unfair Pricing Allegations | Government | TechNewsWorld

Symantec, CA Squirm Under DoJ's Unfair Pricing Allegations | Government | TechNewsWorld | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The TV game show The Price is Right may be an entertaining diversion, but for federal information technology vendors, getting the price right in government contracts is serious business. Two major software providers, Symantec and CA Technologies, recently found out how serious it can be as a result of separate U.S. Department of Justice investigations.
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FBI: Soldier admitted to photographing his sexual abuse of young girls

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9-yr-old abducted boy sings gospel song until released by kidnapper

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A 9-year-old boy, who was abducted from his home in Atlanta, continuously sang a gospel song until his kidnapper snapped and set him free.Willie Myrick, who was taken by a man when he was playing on March 31, said that his abductor was cursing at
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Trip to the loo

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GULLIVER is not quite sure what to make of this story from Australian Associated Press. It reports that a member of Jetstar’s cabin crew recently advised...
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Nathaniel Kibby Faces Arraignment in Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping - NBC News

Nathaniel Kibby Faces Arraignment in Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New details about the kidnapping of New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez — who was reportedly held in a storage container for nine months — will be divul...
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The Extortion Plot That Shook France's Wine Country to Its Roots

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Telling the story of the poisoned vines, an American crime writer finds redemption in a French village.
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White America Does The Crime, Black America Gets The Time

White America Does The Crime, Black America Gets The Time | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are far more likely to go to prison for drug offenses.
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Ghost Factories - USATODAY.com

Ghost Factories - USATODAY.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Investigation on how long-gone lead factories are poisoning the ground
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One bio-theory that has some evidentiary support is that which links lead to violence.  As we removed lead from the air and remediated lead from residences, so too, did violent crimes decrease....

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ATF uses fake drugs, big bucks to snare suspects

ATF uses fake drugs, big bucks to snare suspects | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The ATF used controversial stings to lock up more than 1,000 people for plotting to rob drug stash houses that never existed.
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Texas school marshals: Armed and covert, but will they help?

Texas school marshals: Armed and covert, but will they help? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Texas trains its first class of school marshals in a bid to ensure a quick response to life-threatening situations in schools. Some critics question the concept, but say it's a step above letting any school employee with a permit carry a gun into a school.
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'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

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Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son's left foot.
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Truck Accidents Surge, But There's No National Outcry - NBC News

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Early on the morning of Aug. 1, 2006, as Dan Lindner prepared to leave his Illinois home for work, he kissed each of his two boys good bye. But before he cou...
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Couple who reported child in hot car allegedly run over by boy's mother

A Colorado woman who reported seeing a young boy left alone in a hot car was allegedly run over by the child's mother -- and is now confined to a wheelchair.
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In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

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Historians are racing against time to find and preserve records from more than 250 years ago that were kept by New England congregations.
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Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

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DETROIT (AP) â€" An 8-year-old boy who was sleeping early Wednesday died after a bullet fired from outside went through the home's wall and into his bedroom, hitting him, Detroit police said. The child was struck once about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Brewster Homes complex on Detroit's east side, Officer Adam Madera said, and pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Children's Hospital of Michigan. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday, Wayne County medical examiner's office spokeswoman Mary Mazur said. The boy's name wasn't released by police, but The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press identify him as Jakari Pearson. Neighbors and passers-by started a makeshift memorial of stuffed bears, dogs and other toy animals on the front porch of the home. Late Wednesday morning, police still were at Jakari's home, a corner unit of several attached row houses.
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Why does liberal Iceland want to ban online pornography?

Why does liberal Iceland want to ban online pornography? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ON THE face of it, Saudi Arabia and Iceland have little in common. In the World Economic Forum's 2012 Global Gender Gap report, which compares progress towards...
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China's Ex-Security Czar Ensnared in Corruption Probe

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Zhou Yongkang, former head of China's police state, becomes the most senior official yet caught up in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crusade
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