Management of Opioid Dependency During Pregnancy

The rate of infants being born with opioid addiction has been increasing over the past decade, with most sources linking this with the rising abuse of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone. As clinicians are more likely to encounter women with an opioid abuse disorder who are or may become pregnant, it is vital that they have a clear understanding of the role of opioid-maintenance therapy as well as the effects of opioids on the fetus and the mother. The treatment plan should continue after the birth to ensure the child is cared for adequately and the mother receives the best care possible.

The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with the information necessary to appropriately care for pregnant women with opioid dependence who are or are planning to become pregnant in order to minimize the adverse effects on the mother and fetus.

Target Audience

This course is designed for substance abuse counselors, social workers, pharmacists, and any professional that assists women who are pregnant and addicted to opioids. The material will also be useful for pediatric nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and primary care providers in women's health care.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the biologic effects of opioid use and abuse on women.
  2. Describe the impact of opioid use on pregnancy and the importance of early recognition and prenatal care.
  3. Outline the medications used for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in patients who are pregnant.
  4. Discuss the impact of opioid exposure in utero on fetal development and neonatal health.
  5. Evaluate the important aspect of discharge planning for infants treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
  • 2.00 ANCC
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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Davina Moss-King, PhD, CRC, CASAC, NCC, is the founder and President of Positive Direction and Associates, Inc., a consulting company that provides educational seminars for medical professionals in the community. Dr. Moss-King is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and has been a substance abuse counselor for more than 25 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University in 1998 and Doctorate degree with honors in Counselor Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. Her dissertation was published as a book, Unresolved Grief and Loss Issues Related to Heroin Recovery, in 2009. In 2017, she published another book, The Positive Direction Model: Opioid Use and Pregnancy, which discusses a care model for pregnant women with opioid use disorder to ensure a successful pregnancy and delivery.

Dr. Moss-King’s research interests include opioid use, the medical-patient relationship, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. She has written articles and continuing education courses and has also been a contributing author in three academic text books. Dr. Moss-King has been an adjunct professor at Canisius College’s Counselor Education and Human Services Department since 2010 and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Davina Moss-King, PhD, CRC, CASAC, NCC, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planners

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW

Randall L. Allen, PharmD

Division Planners Disclosure

The division planners have disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Director of Development and Academic Affairs

Sarah Campbell

Director Disclosure Statement

The Director of Development and Academic Affairs has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

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It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.

Designations of Credit

Social workers participating in this intermediate to advanced course will receive 2 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

Individual State Behavioral Health Approvals

In addition to states that accept ASWB, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the following state boards: Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners, Provider #0515; Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Provider #50-2405; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Social Workers, License #159.001094; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Licensed Professional and Clinical Counselors, License #197.000185; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Marriage and Family Therapists, License #168.000190;

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
  • 2.00 ANCC
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)


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