Episode 1 - Let's Talk About (Your Favourite) Drugs


Published: 04 March 2016

Welcome to the first episode of the new Ausmed Handover podcast, my name is Darren Wake, and today, I want to talk about drugs….

Why? Well, because there’s a ton of good quality research out there that’s been done with very large numbers of nurses over a long period of time that tells us exactly this sort of information, and most everyone has a vested interest and indeed a fascination with this kind of data: you’ll find similar research out there looking at the use of recreational drugs by doctors, dentists, pilots, policemen, firemen, ambulance officers and soldiers. Basically, everyone wants to know what the statistical likelihood is that the person to whom you have entrusted your life and wellbeing is stoned off their tree.

What I’m talking about here are drugs that are widely described as recreational, not medicinal. Although many of the drugs I’ll be talking about do have well-established medicinal uses, I’m really looking at those drugs that nurses take purely for the buzz the provide. I’ll be including both the legal and the not so legal varieties, otherwise the podcast just wouldn’t be fun, and we’ll be looking at who takes what, how much they take, how often, and if certain drugs are favourites amongst certain speciality areas of the profession. To wrap up the episode, I’ll be looking at how nurses compare to the population in general in the getting high stakes.

But first, let’s review those wonderful chemicals that are included in virtually all of the research I’ve been looking at.