Parental Opioid Abuse: Barriers to Care, Policy, and Implications for Primary Care Pediatric Providers.

Published on Nov 1, 2017in Journal of Pediatric Health Care1.49
· DOI :10.1016/J.PEDHC.2017.05.007
Michelle K. Spehr1
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Jennifer Coddington6
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+ 1 AuthorsElizabeth Jones1
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Abstract Parental opioid use is affecting the physical, developmental, and mental health of the pediatric population nationwide and raises questions of safety when these children remain in the care of opioid-addicted parents. Pediatric providers face many barriers to identifying and caring for children beyond the neonatal period who have been affected by parental opioid abuse both in utero and in the home. These barriers include communication between providers and services, identification of intrauterine exposure, parental opioid abuse screening, and knowledge of child protective services involvement. In addition, understanding current state and national health policy regarding parental opioid abuse helps providers navigate these barriers. The purpose of this article is to identify barriers to care of children affected by parental opioid abuse both in utero and in the home, to discuss current health policy surrounding the issue, and to identify implications for the care of these children in the primary care pediatric setting.
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