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Newsletter Summary For 27-August-2000:

One in five drug abusers in treatment used illegal drugs with their parents, and most did so before the age of 18, a new survey has found. This survey, supported by earlier research, makes clear that parents sharing illegal drugs with their children is a significant, and largely unrecognized phenonmen.

In nursing news, it was seven years ago that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) took the first step to develop an Environmental Health Nursing Initiative. Through this initiative, ATSDR began to act on their knowledge of the vital and broad role nursing professionals play in every area of the health arena to help protect the public’s health. Partners in the Environmental Health Nursing Initiative are now joining together to take the initiative nationwide. We have basic information about the initiative in this issue.

In other nursing news, New York joins California as the second state to confirm a growing shortage of registered nurses, according to a recently published Health Resources and Services Administration-supported study. Researchers found a 25 percent decline in RN graduates--about 1,900 per year--from New York nursing schools between 1995 and 2000.

Medication-related injuries in nursing homes are common and often preventable according to authors of the largest study to date evaluating adverse drug events due to medication errors in U.S. nursing homes. More than half of the 546 medication-related injuries that were identified in a study of 18 community nursing homes were preventable. The Massachusetts nursing home study, titled "Incidence and Preventability of Adverse Drug Events in the Nursing Home Setting," was published in the August 1, 2000, issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

Yesterday, Vidyya reported that 150,000 people in Liberia are now at risk of contracting yellow fever. Today, we present background information on the disease and its vaccination. Yellow fever presently occurs only in Africa and South America. Two forms of yellow fever--urban and jungle--are epidemiologically distinguishable. Clinically and etiologically they are identical.

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