Free Livestream Educational Webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The Monthly Livestream Educational Series topic for the month of May is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. This educational series webinar is being sponsored by West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Center for Rural & Community Health through funding provided by WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities using the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant. The webinar will be held ... Read More

Opioid Crisis In Medicaid: Saving Mothers And Babies

View Original Health Affairs Blog Post Here Written by: Jennifer E. Moore , Brian T. Bateman , & Stephen W. Patrick The nation’s opioid crisis is well documented; however, little attention has been paid to the epidemic’s effect on pregnant women and infants. In recent years, opioid use disorder during pregnancy has increased along with a concurrent increase in neonatal ... Read More

FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency

The WV Bureau for Behavior Health  would like to share the following  information from SAMHSA on OUD Prescribing and Dispensing during the COVID-19  emergency: 5600 Fishers Lane • Rockville, MD 20857 www.samhsa.gov • 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing answers ... Read More

Study: 8 Percent Of West Virginia Babies Exposed To Alcohol Before Birth

View original WVUTODAY news release here About 8 percent of West Virginia newborns are exposed to alcohol two to four weeks before birth, according to a new study. “Alcohol exposure during the last trimester is associated with a range of developmental problems that may not be overtly expressed as cranio-facial deformities, but when these children go to school, you see ... Read More

Mothers, Babies Overlooked in the Drug Crisis

By Gaby Galvin, U.S. News & World Report Staff writer  |  December 30, 2019  | Read Original Story at U.S. News & World Report News The U.S. drug epidemic is evolving – and physicians say mothers and babies may be left behind in its latest wave. Pregnant women who are addicted to opioids often struggle to access treatment and services, and ... Read More

Maternal Smoking Before and During Pregnancy and the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

  See original CNN article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/11/health/smoking-infant-sudden-death-risk-study/index.html See journal article: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/03/07/peds.2018-3325 Researchers from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Washington analyzed data on smoking during pregnancy from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s birth/infant death data set between 2007-2011. They recently published their findings in the scientific journal, Pediatrics. They found that the risk of death rises by .07 … Read More

Drug Free Moms and Babies Abstract Presented at APHA 2018 Conference

This past fall, Dr. Christa Lilly, PhD presented at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and expo in San Diego, California. Her presentation was titled “Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project: A rural, Appalachia pilot project to support healthy baby outcomes.” The Drug-Free Moms and Babies Project (DFMB) pilot program (4 sites; … Read More