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Good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the Nursing Show podcast for nurses, by nurses. I’m your host Jamie Davis and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for checking out the show this week. First up, in this week’s nursing news items, we will look at a story on best practices for dealing with a patient’s death in a healthcare facility. Find out how some facilities are taking a pause after the death of a patient to help the nurses and others process the moment.
Then in this week’s special tip segment we are joined again by Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center to talk about a new but old drug of abuse. Kratom is a naturally occurring plant leaf from southeast Asia. Now this leaf and the drug it supplies are making their way to Europe and the United States via internet vendors. What can nurse and other health professionals do to prepare for and look for this drug? We’ll find out about that and more later in this episode after the news.
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Tip of the Week – Kratom, A New But Old Drug of Abuse
Kratom is a plant/tree indigenous to Thailand and Southeast Asia and is in the same family as the coffee tree. Since the 19th century, fresh Kratom leaves have been chewed in this part of the world as an herbal medicinal drug to increase work productivity and to treat diarrhea. Today, it’s more commonly used for its psychoactive effects and its popularity seems t be increasing.
In the United States and other countries, Kratom is typically consumed in capsules or as a powder, but can be made into a tea. Many different kratom products are available for purchase, often over the internet, each with its own distinctive set of curative or mood-enhancing properties.
I have Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center on the show again this week to talk about this drug and challenges faced by healthcare professionals like nurses and others who encounter patients using and abusing this plant-based drug. Check it out.
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