75,000 Too Many – How Can States, Providers, & Advocates Address & Reverse the Trend of Babies Born with Dependence on Opioids?

  • This is an online event.

Presenters: Jean Ko, PhD, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health and Michael D. Warren, MD MPH FAAP, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health

Description: In recent years, maternal opiate use has surged but is too often kept secret until it’s too late. With this trend, health care providers across the country are encountering some of their most vulnerable victims: thousands of babies born with dependence on opioids, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). In states such as Tennessee where NAS incidence rates have skyrocketed in recent years, nearly two-thirds of mothers who deliver babies with NAS are using at least one doctor-prescribed opiate. This public health crisis has demonstrated an urgent need for action focused on prevention, access to treatment, and translating data into effective practice. Join this webinar to learn about strategies that health care providers and other public health stakeholders can utilize to inform local and state-level prevention and early identification efforts. 
During this webinar, participants will learn: 
• What Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is and its implications across the country
• How making NAS a reportable/notifiable condition to state health departments has been utilized in one state to compile and share surveillance data with various stakeholders
• How the state of Tennessee has utilized NAS surveillance data to inform local and state-level prevention strategies, especially for the most affected populations

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