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Opioid Use Disorders and Medication-Assisted Treatment in Pregnancy

young woman sitting with hands clasped talking to a counselorThe rate of opioid misuse and dependence is escalating in many communities, including amongst pregnant and parenting women. In addition, substance use treatment systems are reporting increases in the number of individuals seeking treatment for opioid use disorders. Child welfare systems are reporting increases in caseloads, primarily among infants and young children coming into care and hospitals are reporting increases of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. A coordinated, multi-systemic approach that is grounded in early identification and intervention can assist child welfare and treatment systems in conducting both a comprehensive assessment and ensuring access to the range of services needed by families. Collaborative planning and implementation of services are yielding promising results in communities across the country.

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    • Congressional Hearing on the Opioid Crisis: Testimony by Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Health Commissioner (Vermont)
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