Health departments offer incentive for expectant mothers to quit smoking

Byron DurhamSmoking Cessation, Substance Use During Pregnancy

The Herald-Dispatch | (View the original story) Jan 4, 2017 Updated Jan 4, 2017 CHARLESTON — Pregnant women in Kanawha and Putnam counties who use tobacco products now have an added incentive to quit. Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on pregnant women and newborn mothers and children. An … Read More

2016 WV Perinatal Summit Presentations & Photos

Byron DurhamBreastfeeding, First Baby Initiative, Maternity Care Provider Shortage, News articles, Perinatal Outreach Education, Substance Use During Pregnancy

On November 14 & 15, 2016 the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership held its annual Summit at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. View the 2016 West Virginia Perinatal Summit program and presentations. View the PHOTO GALLERY /****************************************** - PREPARE PLACEHOLDER FOR SLIDER - ******************************************/ var setREVStartSize = function() { var tpopt = new Object(); tpopt.startwidth = 1710; tpopt.startheight = 1130; tpopt.container ... Read More

Rate of babies going through opiate withdrawal skyrockets

Byron DurhamNews articles, News releases, Substance Use During Pregnancy

By Wayne Drash, CNN | Updated 7:24 AM ET, Tue December 13, 2016 | See the original CNN story Huntington, West Virginia (CNN) — The high-pitched, inconsolable screams of babies born dependent on heroin and other opiates echo across the otherwise quiet facility. The babies also shake, vomit and suffer from diarrhea. But it is their shrill screams that caretakers … Read More

Rise in Infant Drug Dependence Is Felt Most in Rural Areas

Byron DurhamNews articles, News releases, Substance Use During Pregnancy

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUISDEC. 12, 2016 | Read the New York Times Story As the opioid epidemic sweeps through rural America, an ever-greater number of drug-dependent newborns are straining hospital neonatal units and draining precious medical resources. The problem has grown more quickly than realized and shows no signs of abating, researchers reported on Monday. Their study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, concludes … Read More

Education, public health organizations & others join calls for $1 cigarette tax hike

Byron DurhamNews articles, Smoking Cessation, Substance Use During Pregnancy

By Shauna Johnson in News (WV MetroNews) | April 28, 2016 at 1:16PM CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An increase of at least $1 to the state tax on a pack of cigarettes could make the difference for West Virginia’s physical and fiscal health, according to representatives from a coalition of West Virginia education, public health and faith-based community organizations. As state budget … Read More

Advocates make renewed call for $1 tobacco tax increase

Byron DurhamNews articles, Smoking Cessation, Substance Use During Pregnancy

By Lydia Nuzum, Staff Writer, Charleston Gazette-Mail Thursday, April 28, 2016 Proponents of a $1 increase in West Virginia’s tobacco tax said Thursday that the struggling proposal is a “no-brainer” for the state with some of the highest rates of smoking among both teens and adults and an existing tax lower than that of 45 other states. On Thursday, a … Read More

Pass the Buck: Pregnancy Care Providers Want WV to Up Tobacco Tax

Byron DurhamNews articles, Smoking Cessation, Substance Use During Pregnancy

Dan Heyman, Public News Service – WV April 29, 2016 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to “pass the buck” by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack.  With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the … Read More

Controversial Fetal Assault Law Discontinued by TN Lawmakers

Amy TolliverNews articles, Substance Use During Pregnancy

From NPR, “A small but pivotal group of Tennessee representatives voted Tuesday to discontinue one of the state’s most divisive criminal laws. Known as “fetal assault,” the measure empowered prosecutors to arrest women who abuse heroin or pain pills during pregnancy, if their babies were born dependent. A one-of-a-kind statute that criminalized drug use by pregnant women is now on … Read More

Senate advances bill to aid drug-dependent newborns

Amy TolliverNews articles, Substance Use During Pregnancy

From Reuters, “A bipartisan bill designed to improve the health and safety of babies born to mothers who used heroin or other opioids during pregnancy was approved by a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday. …Reuters found 110 cases of children who were exposed to opioids while in the womb and who later died preventable deaths at home. No more than nine states comply … Read More