Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results

New Treatment Guidance for Pregnant Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants.   

SAMHSA’s Clinical Guidance comes at a time of great need for effective opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.  In 2016, over 20,000 pregnant women reported using heroin or misusing pain relievers in the past month. Newborn babies of mothers who used opioids while pregnant are at risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome–a group of physical and neurobehavioral signs of withdrawal.

The guidance, which consists of 16 fact sheets on prenatal, infant, and maternal postnatal care, contains four elements: clinical scenario; clinical action steps; supporting evidence and clinical considerations; and web resources. Detailed, evidence-based treatment options for pregnant women with OUD including pharmacotherapy with methadone, buprenorphine, and buprenorphine/naloxone are provided.

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Have You Registered for #PITA2017

Be sure to register and book your hotel by Thursday May 11th to guarantee your discounted room rate.

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Cleveland County’s Law Enforcement Renews Commitment


Local law enforcement is renews it commitment with Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to help prevent underage drinking in the county.

On Feb. 28, leaders of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department, Boiling Springs Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol, came together to renew their commitment to working to prevent underage drinking in Cleveland County with a signing of a memorandum of understanding in partnership with the coalition.

The action plan strategies target two main ways young people often access alcohol according to youth surveys and focus group discussions; adults buying and supplying alcohol for underage drinkers and alcohol retailers selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

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2017 PITA Forum Call for Presentations

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5:00PM EDT on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for our 10th Prevention is the Answer (PITA) Forum. This networking forum is designed to give providers and coalition an opportunity to learn about changing trends, discuss pertinent policy changes, and share sustainability strategies.

We are seeking speakers with expertise on the following topics:

  • Grant-writing
  • Drug trends
  • Prescription medication misuse
  • Special populations (homeless, veteran, youth, LGBTQ, etc)
  • Coalition impact and/or environmental strategies
  • Prevention provider professional development
  • Prevention ethics (note: if you submit a proposal on this topic, you must provide a 3hr training session)

The Call for Presentations is open to all prevention providers; community anti-drug coalitions; government agencies with a focus on substance misuse, public health, and related disciplines.  Presentations will be offered during 90-minute workshop periods.

SPEAKER REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS: The first person presenting in a workshop receives a complimentary registration, the second person receives a discounted speaker rate of $30 and any additional speakers in the course will pay the applicable full rate.


Conference Information:

Monday June 12 – 13, 2017
McKinnon Hall, Elon University


Next Steps: 

Complete the attached 2017 PITA Program Proposal and return by Wednesday March 15, 2017.   If you have additional questions, please contact:

Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair