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Pregnancy and addiction: Medication assisted treatment for opiate dependency during pregnancy

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, University of Vermont College of Medicine

An informational brochure for pregnant women who have been using opiate drugs. Explains the use of methadone and buprenorphine as treatment options to prevent withdrawal symptoms in the mother and unborn baby. Describes the differences between the two drugs and includes dosage information. Explains that some babies may need medicine for withdrawal symptoms after birth, even with the use of methadone and buprenorphine. Advises women on the benefits of breastfeeding and reassures them that even if babies require withdrawal medication, they will experience healthy outcomes.