Addiction: A global public health challenge for nurses

Madeline Naegle

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


With expanded technologic and communication resources there is growing awareness worldwide of the public health problems caused by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, misuse, abuse and addiction. Trends vary by culture and region but use of tobacco and alcohol is almost universal and is associated with high rates of mortality and morbidity. While nurses have not universally embraced the prevention and treatment of substance-related disorders as their province, this is changing as a function of organisations, World Health Organization (WHO) and national initiatives, and the strengthening of nurse education. Actions to promote consensus, identify and review competencies for nurses must consider national and cultural variations, traditions of social change and the need for evidence-based practice. Collective action by nurses in newly formed and existing organisations, which focus on addictions prevention and treatment, have resulted in initial professional steps. Such progress can be facilitated if achieved in the context of larger international policies and initiatives and in collaboration with members of other professional disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalDrugs and Alcohol Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002


  • Alcohol
  • Drug
  • International
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Addiction: A global public health challenge for nurses'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this