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Substance exposed newborns: State of Oklahoma 2012

Oklahoma Department of Human Services – 2012

Provides an overview of Oklahoma’s policy on substance exposed newborns. Presents background information, as well as statistics on the extent of the problem. Lists available resources for pregnant women and children, noting that pregnant women are a high priority for treatment services. Includes information on recent state legislation that defines substance exposed newborns as either “drug endangered” or “deprived” children. Notes that health care professionals are required to report positive newborn drug tests to the Department of Human Services. Reports on an interdisciplinary work group formed to address the issue. Lists circumstances in which drug testing is indicated, including signs, self-reporting, or history of maternal substance abuse. Notes the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, and infants born exposed to these drugs. Provides a series of state policy recommendations.