A Public Health Response to Opioid Use in Pregnancy

This policy statement from the AAP advocates a public health response to the opioid epidemic and substance use during pregnancy, and recommends: a focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and improving access to contraception; universal screening for alcohol and other drug use in women of childbearing age; knowledge and informed consent of maternal drug testing and reporting practices;improved access to prenatal care, including opioid replacement therapy; gender-specific substance use treatment programs;and improved funding for social services and child welfare systems.

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016

Evidence Rating: III

Cost: Free

Additional Info:


Alcohol/Drug Services Prenatal Care and Education

Perinatal Periods:

Pre-/Inter-conception Prenatal

Resource types:

Clinical Guidelines/Expert Recommendations for Providers Other

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