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Maine’s High-Risk Infants and Maternal Health and Wellbeing: The Maine Infant Follow-Up Project | Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Maine’s High-Risk Infants and Maternal Health and Wellbeing: The Maine Infant Follow-Up Project | Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

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The standard of care for pregnant women with opiate addiction is methadone maintenance through enrollment in a narcotics treatment program. Careful dosing of methadone matches the increasing metabolic demands of the growing fetus. In contrast, untreated opiate abuse (typically in a background of co-occurring maternal tobacco and alcohol abuse) exposes the fetus to repeated binge and withdrawal episodes responsible for high rates of in utero fetal death (Oei and Lui 2007). After birth, opiate-dependent infants are at high risk for numerous adverse effects, including a protracted withdrawal process. The severity of withdrawal is compounded by maternal psychiatric diagnosis requiring antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications such as Prozac and benzodiazepines, which have their own withdrawal syndromes…………..

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