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Substance Exposed Newborns

Priority

Decrease the Occurrence of Substance Exposed Newborns

Challenges

*source Healthy Start Sarasota
12 %

Smoking births reported in 2008

9 %

Births by women in Sarasota who are misusing or abusing legal and illegal drugs who are receiving Healthy Start services

Coalition Partner and Provider Strategies:

Stats and Resources

Substance Abuse in Pregnancy is a REAL Problem…

  •  Births by women in Sarasota who are misusing or abusing legal and illegal drugs who are receiving Healthy Start services accounted for 9% of all births in 2008-2009. There has been a consistent increase in substance abuse during pregnancy in recent years.
  • According to the Florida Department of Health, the reported smoking prevalence in pregnancy represents over 12% of all births in Sarasota County in 2008.
  • Substance misuse or abuse whether tobacco, alcohol, legal medications, or illegal drugs contributes to obstetric and pediatric complications, including fetal-alcohol spectrum disorders, prematurity, low birth weight, placenta implantation abnormalities and withdrawal for the infant.
  • Outward signs of substance abuse may be subtle. Pregnant women may not present with the same stereotypical symptoms seen in an older or late-stage abuse population.

Your Intervention Can Help…

  • Treatment for substance abuse during pregnancy is significantly more effective than at other times in a woman’s life.
  • Attention to substance abuse problems during pregnancy is one area in which patient health can be improved and costs can be reduced.
  • Quick, brief questionnaires have been demonstrated to be effective in prenatal care for assessing alcohol and drug use.
  • Asking every patient questions in a health context lessens the stigma associated with the topic, and expresses concern for the health of the mother and baby.
  • Many pregnant women will reduce their use of drugs and/or alcohol following supportive advice from a health care professional, even if they never disclose that use.
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Clean Start Partners

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STRATEGY & SUCCESS TO DATE

The Coalition collaborated with the Healthy Start Coalition to revise the Clean Start and to develop the Clean Start II campaigns. These campaigns are educational tools used with in the community and physicians’ offices to promote prenatal drug screens and to provide awareness related to substance exposed newborns.
The Coalition collaborated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, initially with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to promote safe prescription medication disposal which would limit access to possible vulnerable populations. Promoting safe disposal of prescription medication is now a universal practice at the hospital including all departments.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) diagnosed Infants born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital have decreased 5.76% from 2013-2014.
All Children’s NAS Research Clinic monitors the development of these infants and either refers to or provides appropriate services.
Community partners combine resources to effectively engage and provide services with the goal of reducing the occurrence of substance exposed newborns.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) diagnosed Infants born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital have decreased 5.76% from 2013-2014.
All Children’s NAS Research Clinic monitors the development of these infants and either refers to or provides appropriate services.
Community partners combine resources to effectively engage and provide services with the goal of reducing the occurrence of substance exposed newborns.
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Our

STRATEGY

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Partner with Clean Start to educate the community on risks associated with substance use during pregnancy.

Provide partnerships and support efforts to train our community collaborators to educate the public. ``Train the Trainers``

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Clean Start is a community education program designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the risks associated with substance use during pregnancy and how to find help locally.

This education program covers topics such as:

  • What the risks of substances are during pregnancy are, and how it effects the fetus and infant.
  • What long-term effects of substance use can be for the exposed infant.
  • What the problem looks like in our area.
  • The importance of using birth control or other pregnancy prevention methods, especially if you are using alcohol or drugs.
  • Local resources to get help or for more information.

After this training, you will be prepared to bring this vital education into your community. We will provide all necessary forms and materials.

If you have any questions, or for FUTURE EVENTS – please contact jamee.thumm@healthystartsarasota.org or call 941-373-7070 ext 307.

In partnership with Drug Free Sarasota, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc., First Step of Sarasota, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, and the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Visit the healthystartsarasota.org official website!

With our Coalition Members, We are Achieving a Measurable Difference

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