Substance Use During PregnancyBackground

Substance use during pregnancy has been identified as a major problem affecting newborn health outcomes in West Virginia. Since the Partnership was formed in 2006, several factors have been identified as causative factors for low birth weight and illnesses of infants after birth: smoking during pregnancy and in-home smoking by other family members; illegal and legal drug use; and alcohol use.

Policy Recommendations

The Partnership has the Substance Use During Pregnancy Committee to oversee all projects involving tobacco, drug and alcohol use. The committee has developed a number of policy recommendations, including:

Other Initiatives

In addition, the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership has implemented a number of other initiatives around this important issue of substance use during pregnancy. These include:

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