Tuesday, October 9
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
A Conversation with Community and Advocacy Groups
The opioid epidemic has had a profound impact on pregnant women and their children. Between 1998 and 2011, the number of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD) increased by 127%, leading to a rise in the number of pregnant women seeking OUD treatment services. In 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) responded to the unique needs of women by outlining specific clinical guidance for pregnant and parenting women with OUD, emphasizing the need for womencentric treatment options. Through this discussion, a panel of leading experts will discuss trends, challenges and the unique treatment paradigm that is needed to positively impact women as they navigate opioid addiction.
- Dr. Don Burke, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate Vice Chancellor for global health
- Dr. Liz Krans, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
- The Honorable Ed Gainey, State Representative, 24th District and HOPE Caucus member
- Cathleen Palm, Founder, The Center for Children’s Justice
- Regina LaBelle, political appointee in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under the Obama Administration, and co-author of the Administration’s plan to address the opioid epidemic