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Public & Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

Recently, AWHONN joined the Obama Administration and a number of public and private sector partners to announce new efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.

In utero exposure to opioids can cause the newborn to experience withdrawal symptoms after birth ranging from blotchy skin and sneezing, to respiratory complications, low birth weight, prematurity, feeding difficulties, extreme irritability, and seizures. For more information on substance use disorders in pregnancy and resources visit:

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