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house Bill H.R. 1462

Does More Research Need to be Done to Prevent Opioid Abuse Among Pregnant Mothers?

Argument in favor

As heroin and other opioids have become more widely available, the prevalence of abuse by pregnant mothers has increased — tragically harming their unborn children. Increased research would allow for a better-informed strategy to combat this growing threat.

gailnabity's Opinion
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09/06/2015
I'm in favor of spending money to prevent the financial and emotional cost of drug addicted newborns. These costs are lifetime costs for all affected especially these innocent babies. Please fund.
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Alis's Opinion
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09/07/2015
Pay attention! This is not rocket science. (Or even climate change about which you admittedly know nothing!) Why don't you fund women's healthcare, make contraception widely & affordably available, raise the minimum wage, mandate maternal leave, provide affordable child care & early childhood education. If all you family values Christians really valued families at all, you would know this already! You cannot stack the deck against women in every area that is essential to their well being and the pretend to be mystified when women who are trapped in poverty & hopelessness use drugs. Get a life & talk to your wives. They know this stuff just as well as any other American woman.
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Anthony's Opinion
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09/15/2015
we can't do enough so why would less be better
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The sad truth of this situation is that there will always be drug abuse that negatively impacts the health of mothers and their unborn or infant children. It is unrealistic to think that the government will eliminate it, so those efforts should be left to private groups.

Dayne's Opinion
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09/07/2015
As terrible as the issue is, this research should be done by a private group rather than funded by tax payers especially with a growing national deficit/debt.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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09/05/2015
The info is there - prosecute mothers for drug abuse while pregnant.
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Catherine's Opinion
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09/07/2015
Are we sure are ready that it's a bad thing? Why not put that money in something that we could use like helping veterans come back for war? PTSD? Childhood cancers? Adult cancers?
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What is House Bill H.R. 1462?

This bill would require the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to report on prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. 

The purpose of the report would be to identify barriers to treatment for mothers who have abused opioids (like heroin or pain medications), and their unborn children who were exposed in the womb. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the term for the effects of opioid withdrawal experienced by newborn children. The AHRQ’s report would include:

  • Assessments of existing research on neonatal abstinence syndrome;

  • Evaluations of the causes and barriers to treatment of opioid use among women of reproductive age;

  • An evaluation of treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome;

  • Recommendations for preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependency in women and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to review its current activities related to prenatal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome. It would then develop a strategy to address gaps in research and programs that deal with these issues.

Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would be required to provide technical assistance to states in order to improve neonatal abstinence syndrome tracking. That tracking data would be made available to the public.

Impact

Mothers who have abused opioids and their newborn children, HHS, the CDC, and AHRQ.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1462

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: The lead sponsor of the House version of this legislation, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), believes:
“There is nothing political or partisan about the opiate epidemic or the babies who are suffering its devastating effects… The Protecting Infants Act of 2015 is a common sense approach to determining how to best care for these newborns while also addressing the enormous cost of that care.”
This legislation has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, with 56 Democratic and 38 Republican cosponsors in the House, and 20 cosponsors split between the two parties in the Senate. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this bill’s Senate companion.

According to a study in the Journal of Perinatology, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome
increased threefold between 2000 and 2009, and continued to grow between 2009 and 2012. Over that period, about $1.5 billion has been spent treating those infants, with most of the costs accruing to state Medicaid programs.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Army Medicine)

AKA

Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

Official Title

To combat the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 8th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015

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    Pay attention! This is not rocket science. (Or even climate change about which you admittedly know nothing!) Why don't you fund women's healthcare, make contraception widely & affordably available, raise the minimum wage, mandate maternal leave, provide affordable child care & early childhood education. If all you family values Christians really valued families at all, you would know this already! You cannot stack the deck against women in every area that is essential to their well being and the pretend to be mystified when women who are trapped in poverty & hopelessness use drugs. Get a life & talk to your wives. They know this stuff just as well as any other American woman.
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    As terrible as the issue is, this research should be done by a private group rather than funded by tax payers especially with a growing national deficit/debt.
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    I'm in favor of spending money to prevent the financial and emotional cost of drug addicted newborns. These costs are lifetime costs for all affected especially these innocent babies. Please fund.
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    This would be just another example of government waste on a problem that should be addressed by the private sector.
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    The info is there - prosecute mothers for drug abuse while pregnant.
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    Are we sure are ready that it's a bad thing? Why not put that money in something that we could use like helping veterans come back for war? PTSD? Childhood cancers? Adult cancers?
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    This looks like another anti-woman bill that criminalizes behavior. Perhaps more spending on women's health in general would be better, along with opening up access to better prenatal care and abortion, better sex education in the schools. Sadly, a certain percentage of the population will always become addicts no matter what anyone does or doesn't do.
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    should be funded mostly by the private sector
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    This dangerously assumes that any opioid use during pregnancy is harmful which is not true. Opioids are sometimes used as their side effects are much less dangerous to the mother and the fetus than other medications. This is simply a bill to criminalize women who are pregnant and either struggle with addiction or suffer from an ailment that may require the use of opioids.
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    Nothing will stop a woman or man from taking their fix. Not even pregnancy. You would have to sterilize all drug users and that's not going to happen.
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    We do not negotiate with terrorist. Iran is still holding U.S. citizens hostage. Do not let this happen
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    Need to go to prison for child abuse
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    They know what happens when they take drugs. Just my opinion
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    The doctors who prescribe medication should be the first line of defense. As for the heroin abuse, well that's just plain obvious!!!
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    If citizens can protest for the protection of an unborn child, they should be willing to demand the proper healthcare and rehabilitation programs to ensure children are healthy upon their arrival into this Earth. Addiction is a serious problem and we should be researching as much as possible to understand how to help those afflicted.
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    Do move to prevent pregnancy in opioid-addicted women.
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    Not research. Help
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    Drugs should always be controlled and monitored and we need to protect out babies
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    By the time an addicted mother is pregnant, it's far to late for research.
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    The sad truth of this situation is that there will always be drug abuse that negatively impacts the health of mothers and their unborn or infant children. It is unrealistic to think that the government will eliminate it, so those efforts should be left to private groups.
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