Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in SC: A Glimmer of Hope
This session will provide participants with an overview of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or opioid withdrawal syndrome (OWS) and the impact it has on SC citizens and communities. The speakers will provide national and state data on NAS regarding the impact though rates of NAS and utilization and charges. Challenges, barriers and opportunities to the prevention, identification of and treatment for NAS will be discussed as well as current legislation impacting opioid access and care for those affected by an opioid use disorder. Improving outcomes for infants and families affected by NAS will be reviewed with steps that participants can take to assist in addressing NAS in their communities. Opportunities for improvement, strategies to address gaps in care and services and the importance of collaboration and communication with community stakeholders will be discussed. Presenters will do case reviews of NAS infants walking the participants through the process of SBIRT, referral for services and entry into care though the birthing process, treatment and follow up care. The presenters will describe their early experience with NAS and how an innovative program in Greenville SC was born, outcomes, where it is going and how to get involved.