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Message ID: 9196
Date: 2012-06-15

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:opiate-addicted new mothers

I found some studies regarding outcomes for babies of opiate-addicted mothers, including one study from DC (sorry, I don't have the link) that quantified the number of babies receiving morphine treatment that left the hospital to maternal home, to supervised settings such as residential treatment (don't know if this included incarceration settings, I don't think that was mentioned), or to foster placements. I've also seen some references indicating treatment outcomes are improved for mothers who keep their babies. There is also information indicating that heroin addiction has significant lifelong implications (e.g. relapses after 10-15 years) and I am not aware of any long-term information about mothers and children in connection with this issue. Any links would be appreciated, and also any information as to variation in customary agency practices regarding newborns of opiate-addicted mothers. Thanks, Sheri McMahon ND

I found some studies regarding outcomes for babies of opiate-addicted mothers, including one study from DC (sorry, I don't have the link) that quantified the number of babies receiving morphine treatment that left the hospital to maternal home, to supervised settings such as residential treatment (don't know if this included incarceration settings, I don't think that was mentioned), or to foster placements. I've also seen some references indicating treatment outcomes are improved for mothers who keep their babies. There is also information indicating that heroin addiction has significant lifelong implications (e.g. relapses after 10-15 years) and I am not aware of any long-term information about mothers and children in connection with this issue. Any links would be appreciated, and also any information as to variation in customary agency practices regarding newborns of opiate-addicted mothers. Thanks, Sheri McMahon ND