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senate Bill S. 799

Would More Research Help Prevent Opioid Abuse by 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 child. Increased research would allow for a better-informed strategy to combat this growing threat.

BananaNeil's Opinion
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09/07/2015
If it is true that one baby every hour is born with a narcotics dependency, then something needs to be done. This bill seems like a good first step.
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Scott's Opinion
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09/07/2015
Opiate dependency amongst not just pregnant woman is at the highest rate ever. I see it everyday in the ER. Everyone wants a never ending supply of Percocet it seems and we have pregnant woman coming in daily and asking for Morphine for normal pregnancy related discomfort. Life sucks, get a helmet.
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Alis's Opinion
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09/07/2015
Pay attention: this is not rocket science (or climate change which you admittedly know nothing about!) First, fully fund all aspects of women's healthcare (including all forms of contraception), then raise the minimum wage & address the issue of affordable housing, mandate maternal & family leave, and provide for affordable & readily available childcare & early childhood education. I know this concept has escaped you but, if you stack the deck against everything essential for women to raise their children, you no longer have the option of being shocked when pregnant women who are trapped in poverty with no hope of providing a decent life their child use drugs. GET A LIFE! Go home to your deeply held family values wife & kids and talk to your wife! Every American woman, with the exception of those born into privilege, know these things. You don't know them because you don't think we are valuable enough to bother finding out what is important to our lives.
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Argument opposed

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.

John's Opinion
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09/22/2015
How could mothers not know that opioid abuse is harmful to their fetus? We don't need more research to prove what everyone already knows. What we need is more individual responsibility.
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09/09/2015
Research will not stop drug use. These women know the risk. There's been education, prohibition of drugs, limiting prescriptions by doctors, checks by pharmacies - and we still have opiod drug addiction! No. Maybe mandatory birth control
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Lynda's Opinion
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06/25/2016
It is not up to the government to deal with drug abuse it is a family issue and private groups
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What is Senate Bill S. 799?

 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 this is to identify barriers to treatment for mothers who have abused opioids like heroin or pain medications, and their unborn children who were exposed to the substances in the womb. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the effects of opioid withdrawal experienced by newborn children.


The AHRQ’s report would include:

  • An assessment of existing research on neonatal abstinence syndrome;

  • An evaluation of the causes, and barriers to treatment, of opioid use disorders 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 Senate Bill S. 799

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

 In-Depth: The lead sponsor of the Senate version of this legislation, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), cited the disturbing increase in opioid abuse in an introductory press release:
“Researchers estimate that more than one baby every hour is now born dependent on drugs and suffering from withdrawal. This statistic is just heart-breaking. These children are the most innocent members of our society, and we have to protect them.”
Senate Majority leader McConnell's bill has 20 cosponsors split evenly between the two parties. This legislation has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, with 56 Democratic and 38 Republican cosponsors in the House.

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 Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

AKA

Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to address problems related to prenatal opioid use.

bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 25th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed November 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed October 22nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015

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    If it is true that one baby every hour is born with a narcotics dependency, then something needs to be done. This bill seems like a good first step.
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    Opiate dependency amongst not just pregnant woman is at the highest rate ever. I see it everyday in the ER. Everyone wants a never ending supply of Percocet it seems and we have pregnant woman coming in daily and asking for Morphine for normal pregnancy related discomfort. Life sucks, get a helmet.
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    Research will not stop drug use. These women know the risk. There's been education, prohibition of drugs, limiting prescriptions by doctors, checks by pharmacies - and we still have opiod drug addiction! No. Maybe mandatory birth control
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    Pay attention: this is not rocket science (or climate change which you admittedly know nothing about!) First, fully fund all aspects of women's healthcare (including all forms of contraception), then raise the minimum wage & address the issue of affordable housing, mandate maternal & family leave, and provide for affordable & readily available childcare & early childhood education. I know this concept has escaped you but, if you stack the deck against everything essential for women to raise their children, you no longer have the option of being shocked when pregnant women who are trapped in poverty with no hope of providing a decent life their child use drugs. GET A LIFE! Go home to your deeply held family values wife & kids and talk to your wife! Every American woman, with the exception of those born into privilege, know these things. You don't know them because you don't think we are valuable enough to bother finding out what is important to our lives.
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    How could mothers not know that opioid abuse is harmful to their fetus? We don't need more research to prove what everyone already knows. What we need is more individual responsibility.
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    This is a RINO bill. This is personal responsible.
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    Everyone knows what drugs do. Just my opinion
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    Stop spending my damn money! The federal government has no damn business doing 90% of the things its spending our money on. Stick to ONLY those things the constitution grants the federal government the power to do. If its not in the constitution -CUT IT!!!!!
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    Dumb people have to have drugs. They never think of the consequences.
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    More research would, after millions of dollars are spent reveal drug users/abusers get pregnant. Unfortunately this problem will not be eliminated. Confining these folks to a medical facility would seem the best course of action. However, I see legal issues regarding an individual's rights.
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    I support the voice of reason, vote for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2016.
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    Useless research into the obvious.
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    Show me one junkie that ever said "I was going to shoot up, but after reading that research I decided on a Perrier."
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    The crack pot Doctors that allow to give the Med's to the patient
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    NO NO NO!!! WE ARE 18 TRILLION IN DEBT - STOP SPENDING!!! No reason at all for the Federal government to fund this!!!
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    How are they getting them to start with? I had major surgery and I might as well have been chewing gum for pain. It would have been as effective as the pain medication I got.
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    No
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    If the College of OB-GYNs haven't addressed this issue, itprobably isn't a big problem, let's not study things about opiod abuse that might be useful.
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    It is not up to the government to deal with drug abuse it is a family issue and private groups
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    They should Trey something else
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