New findings suggest that the understudied medication naltrexone may lead to better short-term outcomes for some pregnant women with OUD and their babies.
Polysubstance use, psychiatric conditions, witnessing an overdose, and a lack of stable housing stand out as risk factors among people age 30 and under.
The increased use of unprescribed and prescribed opioids in the accelerating opioid crisis has not spared pregnant women, and infants exposed to opioids in utero are often the unintended target of
Social workers and patient navigators play a key role in providing services, reducing stigma, and breaking down barriers to care for parents with substance use disorder.
Seeing a worrisome rise in people using multiple substances, providers call for a renewed focus on the social factors underlying addiction.