"It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behavior."
- Gabor Maté

Perinatal substance use and abuse:
What We Are Doing

In 1989, Wisconsin Act 122 created a task force to combat controlled substance use by pregnant women with young children. WAPC led the group that was charged with developing a long-range plan to address the problems of perinatal addiction and the problems related to needed services for pregnant women or women with young children. The efforts resulted in publication of Challenges in Perinatal Substance Abuse: Educational Strategies for Care Providers and Communities. WAPC used the publication as the basis for the first of its Regional Forum Series.

In 2004, recognizing the increasing issue of prescribed maternal opioids, WAPC’s Infant and Family Committee began an initiative to address the issue of neonatal opioid withdrawal. The Committee’s work resulted in the 2011 WAPC Regional Forum Series, “The Effects of Opioid Dependence during Pregnancy—Addressing both Maternal and Neonatal Issues.” In addition, the committee developed the Newborn Withdrawal Project Educational Toolkit.

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