Substance Misuse in Pregnancy

Substance Misuse in Pregnancy Course

Substance Misuse in Pregnancy Course

  • Drug abuse in pregnancy poses significant health risks to mother and fetus. Opioids are associated with an increased risk of low birth weight infants, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), preterm delivery, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Neonatal withdrawal effects from heroin usually occur within 24 hours, those from methadone at 2 – 7 days. The signs and symptoms of withdrawal may affect all systems, particularly the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. Treatment involves regular feeding, correction of dehydration and drug therapy if required. A variety of agents, including morphine, methadone, chlorpromazine, phenobarbitone, diazepam and chloral hydrate have been used. Duration of symptoms varies (6 days to 5 weeks). Sudden infant death syndrome is two to three times greater in this group of infants.

Course Content: 

  • Aims of the Course 
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Definition of Terms-Substance Misuse, Addiction, Tolerance and Withdrawal
  • Initial Assessment
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Statistics of Substance Misuse during Pregnancy
  • Effects of Substance Misuse to Pregnant Mother and Fetus
  • Maternal Screening for Opioids Substance
  • Indications for Maternal Urine Toxicology
  • Neonatal Screening for Maternal Substance Misuse
  • Opioids and Heroin
  • Prenatal Risks with Heroin Exposure
  • Therapy Interventions for Pregnant Women
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • Symptoms of NAS
  • Tools for Assessing NAS
  • Non Pharmacological Interventions for NAS
  • Indications for Pharmacological Interventions for NAS
  • Principles of Weaning from Pharmacological Treatment
  • Breastfeeding Mothers on Methadone
  • Supporting Families and Carers
  • Neonatal Outcomes 

Fee: £125
Duration: 0930-1730 
Lunch will not be provided only Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and during breaks.

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Substance Misuse in Pregnancy Course

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