Medication Use in Pregnancy: Where Do Opioids Fit Into This?

Medication Use In Pregnancy: Where Do Opioids Fit In?

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/2021

CE program brought to you by South Carolina AHEC through AHECU.  If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

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Course Description

Instructor:  Debby Mills, MS, CNS, RNC-OB

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanism by which medications transfer to the fetus.
  • Discuss the classification systems for medications and opioids.
  • Discuss the safety concerns for over the counter medications and social drugs.
  • Describe the increasing use of drugs by women of reproductive age and the factors that increase the risk of opioid use disorder.
  • Discuss the impact of opioid use during pregnancy and the role of healthcare providers.
  • Compare the different strategies for screening and treatment of opioid use disorder.
  • Discuss newborns exhibiting symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
  • Discuss current recommendations for breastfeeding and opioid use.
  • Describe childhood outcomes after intrauterine exposure to opioids.

 Length of Course: 2 hours

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.0  contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.2 CEUs (2.0  clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given if you have accessed an online course.  You may cancel via email at  or telephone, 864-349-1160.

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