Supporting Families Affected by Opioids
The national opioid crisis affects every aspect of service providers including child welfare, courts, treatment providers, public health, and medical providers. In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is focusing its efforts on treatment, spreading awareness of the epidemic, providing support through research, and advancing better practices for pain management. The opioid crisis has facilitated collaborative responsiveness by diverse sectors that is yielding promising results in communities across the country.
The following resources provide information on opioid use, how children and families are affected and offer policy practice examples intended to support child welfare, substance use treatment, and the courts to strengthen their response.
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Supporting Families in Child Welfare Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders
National Perinatal Association, 2018
Child Welfare Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders provides an infographic and one-page issue statements/slides about perinatal substance use and supporting parents and their infants—geared toward hospital professionals, perinatal social workers, and prenatal care providers and includes information about mental health, neonatal abstinence syndrome, medication-assisted treatment, breastfeeding, and fathers’ needs.
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Committee Opinion: Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Society of Addiction Medication, 2017
Opioid use in pregnancy is not uncommon, and the use of illicit opioids during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes. It is the committee’s opinion that the current standard of care for pregnant women with opioid dependence is referral for opioid-assisted therapy with methadone, but emerging evidence suggests that buprenorphine should also be considered.
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America’s Opioid Crisis: The Unseen Impact on Children
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American Academy of Pediatrics United States Fact Sheet, 2018
The State and National Fact Sheet on American’s opioid crisis is the expandable list which includes state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level.
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Topical Issue Brief: Intervention IDEAs for Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth Impacted by Opioids
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U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, 2017
This issue brief provides prevalent information, as well as list of environmental risk factors associated with opioid exposure. The document also provides ideas for preventive efforts and interventions for parents, schools, and programs.
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