SAMHSA Releases New Guidance for Expectant Mothers With Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder (OUD) can affect anyone, including infants and expectant mothers. The number of pregnant women with OUD at the time of delivery quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, from 1.5 to 6.5 per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released its Healthy Pregnancy: Opioids in Pregnancy series of fact sheets that have information to help women understand the safe options that are available to them for care, and how they can get help to better manage pregnancy and OUD treatment:

  • Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy
  • Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy
  • Treating Babies Who Were Exposed to Opioids Before Birth
  • Good Care for You and Your Baby While Receiving Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The fact sheets are free and available online at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA18-5071.

Obtaining treatment under the care of a medical professional is a critical first step. Anyone interested in exploring treatment can start by visiting SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/, or calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357).