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The Portland Women’s Task Force has been able to create a bridge between agencies and has had several success stories to date. It is our goal to provide women with better access to services and support and it is because of that goal that we continue to come together to share ideas, concerns and seek help for those we serve.
Our members fully understand the stigma that is attached to addiction and through education hopes to lessen that stigma. The Portland Women's Task Force identified a great need to educate women, families, providers, and the community at-large about the benefits of prescribing methadone (or Subutex) for opiate-addicted women who are pregnant. It has been proven to be a safer alternative for the mother and for the baby she is carrying. The following research supports our project:
Through our partnerships, we’ve learned that hospital and addiction treatment staff report an increase in the number of pregnant women with addictions entering prenatal care at 6 months gestation or later and that untreated addiction and illicit drug use (particularly heroin and other opioids) during pregnancy can lead to preterm births, stillbirth, infant withdrawal symptoms, and the potential for lifelong disabilities. Based on feedback from our partners and the mothers they serve, our campaign will highlight research that supports medication assisted treatment (MAT) and will highlight local treatment resources for women and their babies in our area.
If you would like training information on this or other addiction/substance abuse prevention topics, please contact the Portland Public Health Division’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator, Ronni Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 756-8116.