The convergence of various factors highlight the need to understand the efficacy, use and implications of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for families receiving child welfare services. Individuals may be undergoing MAT for a variety of issues –mental health disorders, pain management and substance use. MAT for mental health issues can include use of psychotropic medications. MAT can be used to assist in pain management for both short and long-term conditions. Medical marijuana legislation further compounds the issue as individuals can be prescribed marijuana for pain management and other disorders. The advent of new medications highlight the need to understand MAT for substance use disorders.
The second of this two-part series will focus on the needs of pregnant women seeking medication assisted treatment and discuss other issues in the post-natal phase and beyond. Dr. Karol Kaltenbach will discuss findings from the Maternal Opioid Treatment: Human Experimental Research (MOTHER) project.