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  1. Monroe, Todd PhD, RN-BC
  2. Vandoren, Michael MSN, RN
  3. Smith, Linda MN, ARNP, CAP, CEAP
  4. Cole, Joanne RN
  5. Kenaga, Heidi PhD


The authors review policy initiatives and professional organization position statements that hospital and nursing administrators should be familiar with to respond effectively to public and policy-maker concerns about substance use in healthcare settings. Detecting and addressing substance use disorders proactively and systematically are essential for 2 reasons: to protect patient safety and to enable healthcare professionals to recognize problems early and intervene swiftly. The authors identify key points and gaps in existing policy statements.