Substance use disorders – can you recognize the signs?


QUIZ: Which of the following signs might indicate a co-worker is struggling with a substance use disorder?

  1. Increasing isolation from colleagues
  2. Frequent unexplained disappearances from the unit
  3. Frequent reports of ineffective pain relief from assigned patients
  4. Excessive use of sick time

Answer: All of the above answers might indicate that a co-worker is struggling with a substance use disorder. 

What can I do to help?

  • Report: Speak to a manager about your concerns and remember that early intervention is key.
  • Support: If you believe that one of your LPN colleagues has a health condition that impairs their ability to provide safe care, find out how the Early Intervention Program can help. 

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