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In many instances, this creates an incentive for nurses to find a way to rid of memories or stresses. This is where illicit drug usage comes in to the picture. A survey done by Dunn (as cited in Talbert, 2009, p.17) showed that around 10 to 20 percent of nurses use and/or abuse drugs. That statistic is shocking considering the National Council of State Boards of Nursing discovered that "nurses generally misuse drugs and alcohol at nearly the same rate as the rest of the population" (Dabro et al., 2011, p. 2). This quiet epidemic of drug use that is sweeping the nursing workforce has had little to no publicity and is quickly becoming a bigger problem in the present times.
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Review of Literature Chemical dependency in the nursing profession has been recognized as one of the leading health issues in the America (Guidelines, 2009). It is estimated that around 16 percent of United States citizens suffer from addiction, but the population of nurses is estimated to be one in five or around 20 percent. The ease of access to controlled medications is thought to be one of the reasons for the increase from average Americans (Monroe, Pearson, & Kegaga, 2008). Chemical dependency is a treatable, medical illness that has distinguishable signs and symptoms (Guidelines, 2009). Substance dependency causes can be from many factors.
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