TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- Statistics from the Community Service Council show the number of babies in Oklahoma with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased from 2 per 1,000 births in 2008 to 12.7 per 1,000 births in 2016
- 64 percent of all births in Oklahoma are covered by Soonercare
- What is Soonercare?
- In the fiscal year of 2016 (FY2016), of the 30,510 pregnant women on Soonercare, 3,946 members filled opioid prescriptions up to three days before delivery
- FOX23 toured a special unit that recently opened at Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, OK, to care for babies with NAS
- Babies with NAS spend 2-4 weeks in the hospital, on average
- Their hospital care costs $93,000 on average
- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed suit against opioid manufacturers, claiming deceptive marketing practices led to our state's opioid crisis
- President Trump is also addressing the national opioid crisis
- WATCH the full report above.
Here is Attorney General Mike Hunter's full interview about opioids:
FOX23's Michelle Linn also talked to local hospitals about their plans for dealing with the opioid crisis and infants:
- In light of what St.John is doing to address the opioid crisis, we have started the SBIRT screening. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to identifying substance misuse, and delivering early intervention services for persons at risk of developing substance use disorders.
- Every patient admitted to the hospital is asked a few questions on drug & alcohol use. The questions are scored and then from the scores, we are able to identify early interventions for most patients.
- The providers monitor all controlled substances prescribed through the prescription drug monitoring program
- The providers follow a set of guidelines that address pain by prescribing nonopioid medications and using nonpharmacologic treatments when appropriate.
- All medication prescribing is electronic
- Hillcrest performs urine drug screens in all Utica Park Clinics as part of our monitoring program.
- Hillcrest has developed a set of clinical guidelines to assist providers with pain management.
- We track all controlled substance prescribing with monthly printed reports for all providers.
- All prescribing is done electronically.
- We monitor all controlled substances prescribed through the prescription drug monitoring program website run by the state.
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