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Opioid Dependency and Pregnancy

Opioid Dependency and Pregnancy

Opioid Dependency and Pregnancy

Dr Davina Moss-King
Dr Davina Moss-King

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Launch date: 11 Oct 2016
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Last updated: 02 Feb 2018

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The rate of infants being born with opioid exposure has been increasing over the past decade, with most sources linking this with the rising abuse of heroin and of prescription opioids. As clinicians are more likely to encounter women with an opioid use disorder who are or may become pregnant, it is vital that they have a clear understanding of the role of opioid-maintenance therapy as well as the effects of opioids on the fetus and the mother. The treatment plan should continue after the birth to ensure the child is cared for adequately and the mother receives the best care possible.

This on-line course is designed for substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, and any professional that assists women who are pregnant and diagnosed with opioid use disorder. The material will also be useful for pediatric nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and primary care providers in women’s health care.


The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals, social workers, case managers, and counselors with the information necessary to appropriately care for pregnant women with opioid dependence who are or are planning to become pregnant in order to minimize the adverse effects on the mother and fetus. The course also provides further information for family involvement and encouraging fathers to be involved with the care of the mother and infant exposed to opioids. On completion the learner will understand the following:
- The physical effects of opioid use on women and children;
- The pharmacological treatments available for the mother and the infant;
- An appropriate treatment plan for the women pre and post delivery.
- Family Collaboration
Dr Davina Moss-King

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Dr Davina Moss-King

Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., CRC, NCC, CASAC has been a substance abuse counselor for 25 years. Dr. Moss-King is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, National Certified Counselor as well as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse counselor in New York State. Dr. Moss-King received her doctorate in Counselor Education with honors in 2005 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her world acclaimed dissertation “Unresolved Grief and Loss Issues Related to Substance Abuse” was published as a book “Unresolved Grief and Loss Issues Related to Heroin Recovery,” in 2009. Dr. Moss-King’s research interest is opioid disorders and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome which has evolved to writing an international accredited on-line course “Opioid Dependence during Pregnancy” (2015), along with an article entitled Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – the Negative Effects On Our Future” (2015). Dr. Moss-King is an adjunct professor at Canisius College’s Counselor Education and Human Services Department, Buffalo, NY. Dr. Moss-King is the founder and President of Positive Direction and Associates, Inc.: consulting company that provides educational seminars focusing on opioid use disorders, women’s health and rebuilding families. Dr. Moss-King is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
  • 1.00 Hours -
    Exam Pass Rate: 60
    Reference: TRN1767316

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