The purpose of this assignment is to identify a health issue requiring advocacy from the nursing profession on a local, regional, state, national, or international level. This topic can be related to health promotion, population health, disease management, or patient safety in the community or other healthcare setting. You are assuming the role of advocate in various capacities. The topic you select for this paper will be the subject of your Policy Brief and Advocacy Letter Assignment. Therefore, research thoroughly your topic of interest to ensure that it can be applied across both assignments.
The opioid epidemic is a critical problem in the US because, in 2019, over 50,000 people died from the abuse of these substances. The abuse of such substances is a critical public health issue not only in the US but also in many other nations. Healthcare administrators can deal with these opioid addiction problems by implementing medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT utilizes FDA-approved medications together with counseling and behavioral therapy to help addicts. Health practitioners, including clinical nurse specialists, RNs, and even nurse midwives need credentials to offer this treatment.