Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Priority 2: Opioid Prescribing

NAS Opiod PrescribingPrescribing practices and clinical protocols that emphasize alternative therapies or procedures in an ED to address pain can significantly reduce opioid use and prescribing in healthcare settings. Providers should create guidelines and policies that reflect the characteristics of the populations served to eliminate disparities in pain management.

The complex psycho-social factors facing women at risk for substance use disorder pose significant challenges to obstetric care providers. The relationship between patients and their healthcare teams will be a critical linchpin to successful outcomes for moms and babies.


  • Develop a shared understanding of the core concepts of using alternative practices to prescribing opioids.
  • Identify evidence-based practices that providers can implement to improve patient satisfaction related to pain management.
  • Ensure that efforts to reduce opioid misuse do not interfere with the physician-patient relationship and the physician’s ability to help manage the patient’s pain.

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