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Guidelines for testing and reporting drug exposed newborns in Washington State

Washington State Department of Health, Division of Prevention and Community Health, Office of Healthy Communities – 2012

A guide for health care professionals on the testing and reporting of drug exposed newborns. Lists risk indicators for newborns and mothers. Discusses consent issues for testing. Describes the different types of newborn drug tests. Suggests procedures to follow for a newborn with positive drug toxicology, including reporting guidelines. Appendix contains guidelines on obtaining parental consent for newborn drug testing, a sample parent discussion scenario and parent letter, a neonatal abstinence scoring form, and text of Washington State’s prenatal substance abuse policy.