Running head: HEALTHCARE POLICY CONCERN 1 Healthcare Policy Concern: Opioid Crisis Prompts Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Jennifer Fongsamouth Chamberlain University
Running head: HEALTHCARE POLICY CONCERN 2 Healthcare Policy Concern: Opioid Crisis Prompts Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Healthcare policy is a set of guidelines to achieve healthcare goals within a society. There are desired outcomes that involve regulations for managing the healthcare system. Nursing implications for healthcare policy include influencing positive change and improving quality of life. The role of advocacy is to support and unify the nursing profession while also revolutionizing healthcare. Advocacy can impact healthcare policy by knowing who the intended recipient is for the specific policy and the measurable outcomes after implementing the policy. The responsibilities of an Advance Practice Nurse include advocacy because the role of the professional is to assure quality care by influencing practice standards through policy. A leader encourages and embraces reform. A leader seeks input, gathers research and can present ideas in a clear detailed manner that address the benefits and challenges for a potential policy. This paper will address a healthcare policy concern in Missouri regarding the opioid crisis, solution to the policy concern, the elected official the policy concern will be delivered to, summary and a self- reflection. The Opioid Crisis in Missouri The healthcare concern in Missouri is the lack of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. The population group impacted by the opioid crisis is all genders, races and ages. Prescription drugs do not discriminate. It is a public health concern and needs to be addressed urgently. Within the U.S. there were 4.3 million individuals that reported non-medical use of opioids within the past month as of 2014 and there were more fatalities from overdose of drugs on record than in any previous year (Finley, Garcia, Rosen, McGeary, Pugh, & Potter, 2017). The impact that the opioid crisis has on the community and population group is that these drugs cause abuse, destroys and kills lives and increases crime. Drug addiction, abuse and
Running head: HEALTHCARE POLICY CONCERN 3 diversion are unacceptable and will continue to rise and plague Americans if we do not regulate and monitor prescription opioids. According to the CDC, in 2016, 116 people died daily from opioid-related drug overdoses and 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017). Physicians may be unaware of their patients seeing multiple physicians for the same prescriptions and therefore are filling them at various pharmacies. Unfortunately, in Missouri, tracking of prescription drugs is only available in limited counties. In Missouri there are 95 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. Each day more than 1000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as instructed (Saint Louis County Missouri, n.d.). When prescribing opioids, the high dosage, multiple
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