Scott, Tameka Substance abuse can have devastating consequences to individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. These consequences can be felt at the national, as well as, local levels of society. The impact may be personal, social, economic, as well as, physical. Stakeholders involved at the local, as well as, national level include, individuals, families, nurses and other health care workers, health care organizations, drug and alcohol rehab centers, therapists, drug companies, physicians, and pharmacists. There must prevention strategies at the national, as well as, local levels. Society should set substance use prevention measures and programs as a priority in order to promote health and reduce social harm. (Renstrom, 2017). Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities. The effects of substance abuse are cumulative, significantly contributing to costly social, physical, mental, and public health problems. (HealthyPeople 2020). Some of these problems include teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, motor vehicle accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, and physical violence. (HealthyPeople 2020). “Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.” (National Institute on Drug Abuse). According to this week’s lesson, the use of information technology to provide EBP is critical to improving the quality of care while maximizing patient safety and cost savings.  As demands for established clinical evidence and practice guidelines increase, healthcare organizations and providers, including the DNP practice scholar, must utilize information technology to ensure reliable evidence is translated into practice. (Chamberlain University, 2021). Telehealth communications have been found to improve nurse-patient interactions through application of King’s Goal Attainment Theory among pregnant woman that suffer from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). (Abebe, 2020). Abebe SY, Goldsby EA, Renbarger KM. Telehealth for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Theory-Based Approach. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2020 Dec 01;58 (12):13-20. Chamberlain College of Nursing. (2021). NR-706 Week 4: Evidence- Based Practice: Improving Practice [Online lesson]. Downers Grove, IL: Adtalem. Renstrom, M., Ferri, M., & Mandil, A. (2017). Substance use prevention: Evidence-based intervention. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 23(3), 198-205.

Substance abuse is a widespread issue that has profound consequences on individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. The impact of substance abuse can be seen at both the national and local levels, affecting various stakeholders such as individuals, families, healthcare workers, healthcare organizations, rehabilitation centers, therapists, drug companies, physicians, and pharmacists. To address this problem, it is crucial to implement prevention strategies at both the national and local levels and prioritize substance use prevention measures and programs to promote health and reduce social harm (Renstrom, 2017).

Substance abuse has far-reaching effects, contributing to costly social, physical, mental, and public health problems. These problems encompass a wide range of issues, including teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, motor vehicle accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, and physical violence (HealthyPeople 2020). The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that substance abuse costs the nation more than $740 billion annually in expenses related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

In the field of healthcare, the use of information technology to provide evidence-based practice (EBP) is imperative in improving the quality of care, maximizing patient safety, and achieving cost savings (Chamberlain University, 2021). As the demand for established clinical evidence and practice guidelines increases, healthcare organizations and providers, including DNP practice scholars, must utilize information technology to ensure reliable evidence is translated into practice (Chamberlain University, 2021).

Telehealth communications have been recognized as a valuable tool in improving nurse-patient interactions and healthcare outcomes. For instance, telehealth applications based on King’s Goal Attainment Theory have shown promising results in pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) (Abebe, Goldsby, & Renbarger, 2020). By leveraging telehealth technologies, pregnant women with OUD can receive the necessary support and care remotely, addressing the unique challenges they face.

In conclusion, substance abuse has wide-ranging consequences that affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. It is crucial to implement prevention strategies at both the national and local levels and prioritize substance use prevention measures and programs to promote health and reduce social harm. Information technology plays a crucial role in facilitating evidence-based practice and improving healthcare outcomes. Telehealth communications, in particular, have shown promise in improving nurse-patient interactions and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations such as pregnant women with OUD. By utilizing information technology and evidence-based approaches, we can strive to mitigate the impact of substance abuse and improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities.

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