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Treatment guide for pregnant women includes medication information

February 8, 2018
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week released Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants, which discusses a variety of scenarios that treatment professionals face in working with mothers and infants.

The guide includes detailed information on evidence-based treatment options for pregnant women with opioid use disorders, including methadone and buprenorphine treatment.

The publication contains four elements: clinical scenario; clinical action steps; supporting evidence and clinical considerations; and web resources.

SAMHSA officials state that the guidance “comes at a time of great need for effective opioid use disorder treatment. In 2016, over 20,000 pregnant women reported using heroin or misusing pain relievers in the past month.”



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