States Lack Standards for Treating Opioid Dependent Pregnant Women -- Experts Say That's Ok

States typically do no employ an exact protocol for treating opioid-dependent pregnant women, but several states including Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky are working on addressing this gap in health care. Although each approach is fairly limited at this time, efforts to increase education amongst health care providers in order to reduce stigma and offering medication-assisted treatment, are practices that are still showing some promise.

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