Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges
With 1 in 10 Americans saying they misuse drugs, doctors should ask everyone about both illegal and prescription use, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said.
Conclusions: There was a statistically significant and clinically relevant association between the use of cannabis during pregnancy and reduced birth weight. Clinicians should screen not only for cannabis use but also for the length and intensity of use as part of a comprehensive substance use screening.Eur Addict Res
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) When people think of opioid addiction, they don't think of pregnant women. Opioid addiction during pregnancy, however, increased 500% in the past 15 years. Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH, a University of Arizona assistant professor affiliated with the Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center, seeks to understand the relationship between postpartum hormones and opioid relapse to support women in recovery. For that, Dr. Allen recently won a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award.
CONCLUSION: We found that most respondents using OAT reported prior pregnancies that were unintended, and used less effective contraceptive methods. Health care professionals who provide addiction care are uniquely positioned to address their patients' concerns about contraception. Incorporating family planning discussions into OAT services may improve understanding and use of effective contraceptive methods. Addressing unmet contraceptive needs may enable women on OAT to achieve their reproductive goals. PMID: 32980283 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Authors: Jago CA, Crawford SG, Gill SJ, Gagnon L Abstract OBJECTIVE: To characterize the incidence and risk factors associated with maternal suicide during the peripartum period in an Alberta population. Our secondary objective was to characterize the incidence and risk factors associated with traumatic death in this same population. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study compared all-cause mortality with death by trauma (suicide, homicide, MVA, drug toxicity) using data collected by the Alberta Perinatal Health Program from 1998 to 2015. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics. The maternal mo...
Conclusion Management of intravenous drug use-associated infective endocarditis in pregnancy involves more than treating the acute condition. In pregnant women with opioid use disorder and infective endocarditis, addiction and chronic psychosocial conditions need to be addressed to optimize care. [...] Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.Article in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents | Abstract | open access Full text
ConclusionsThis preliminary open-label case series found that pregnant buprenorphine maintained women can stop tobacco. What has sometimes been termed “neonatal opioid abstinence syndrome” may most accurately be termed, “neonatal opioid/tobacco abstinence syndrome.” If the treatment effectively addresses tobacco use, other addictive drugs are rarely used. DUST resulted in a 95% quit rate for addictive drugs. Pilot data on this new intervention is limited; a case series that does not have a corresponding control group.
g Ayumi Saito Betel quid, traditionally prepared with areca nut, betel leaf, and slaked lime, has been consumed for thousands of years, mainly in the form of chewing. Originally used for cultural, medicinal, and ceremonial purposes mainly in South Asian countries, its use has recently spread across the globe due to its psychoactive, euphoric, and aphrodisiac properties. Now it is widely used as a social lubricant and source of financial profit. Unfortunately, the profit motive has led to high rates of habitual consumption with eventual conversion to addiction among young girls and boys. Moreover, the worrisome practi...
This week is Te Wiki o te Maori – and the theme is Kia Kaha te Reo Maori. For those readers not familiar with te reo, kia kaha translates to “be strong.” It’s a word people from Otautahi (Christchurch) have used a lot since 2010 and the first of the many events that have shaken (literally) our world since then. Te Wiki o te Maori is a week dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the use of Maori language in New Zealand. While the week celebrates the language of Aotearoa, it also helps us tangata tiriti, or people of the Treaty of Waitangi, remember that we have a place in this whenua (land). ...
Conclusions: The NM-ASSIST reliably distinguished pregnant women who use cannabis from those who do not, but performed poorly for all other substances. More research is needed to identify screeners that reliably detect all prenatal drug use. Although more cost-prohibitive, a combination of self-report and toxicological screening may be preferable for detecting prenatal drug use.
Conclusion: The parental experience of care for NAS is negatively affected by lack of standardized NAS education in the prenatal and postnatal settings, inconsistent communication with providers, the Finnegan scoring system, lack of provider sensitivity to parental substance use disorder, and maternal guilt. This study also highlights the parental desire to be more involved in the care of newborns with NAS.