According to data from the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System, heroin is the most common substance found in pregnant women who struggle with Substance Use Disorder. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that the incidence of newborns diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has nearly doubled in the past decade. NAS is a group of conditions that occur when a baby withdraws from drugs they has been exposed to in the womb.
The drug overdose epidemic has a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities and an estimated annual cost of $740 billion nationally for law enforcement, health care, and lost productivity for employers. Through partnerships and grants, the Capital Health Institute for Urban Care offers programs and services to help support residents of Trenton and Mercer County who are affected by substance use disorder.
For My Baby and Me
In this true “community” program, Capital Health works with long-established partners — Trenton Health Team, Rescue Mission of Trenton, HomeFront, Henry J. Austin Health Center and Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton — with decades of experience to design this specialized, integrated opioid treatment program to promote long-term recovery as well as ongoing medical care and support for pregnant women and their children.
Capital Opioid Reduction Program
As part of the State of New Jersey’s comprehensive Opioid Reduction Options (ORO) effort to address the opioid crisis, the Capital Health Institute for Urban Care, in collaboration with the Emergency Department at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, was awarded a grant to implement Capital Opioid Reduction Program (CORP). CORP aims to reduce the use of opioids as the first line of treatment in emergency departments and the prescribing of opioids upon discharge by implementing the following strategies:
- Increasing awareness of non-opioid pain management strategies.
- Using non-opioid medications and procedures such as trigger-point injections and new order sets for common medical conditions such as kidney stones always keeping in mind a patient’s pain management needs.
- Achieving a 10 percent reduction in the prescription of opioids for patients upon discharge from the emergency department.