Common ground, not a battle ground. Violence prevention at a detoxification facility

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2009 Aug;47(8):28-35. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20090706-01.


This article evaluates the results of a workplace violence prevention program implemented in a Colorado detoxification facility. The program interventions are modeled after federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and use theories from both nursing and criminology for philosophy and direction. Serving as its own control, the detoxification facility shares data measured over a 4-year period, demonstrating a sharp decline in assault rates after program implementation. The importance of administrative controls, environmental adjustments, recordkeeping and evaluation, and education and training are emphasized as key components of success.

MeSH terms

  • Colorado
  • Documentation
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Management / methods*
  • Risk Management / organization & administration
  • Security Measures
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers*
  • Violence / prevention & control*