Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Symposium

Stronger Together

June 12-14 / Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will host its second Texas Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Symposium at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade from June 12-14, 2017. Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the prevalence of prescription opioid use disorder and an increase in the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in Texas and across the nation. The symposium seeks to promote prevention and intervention opportunities to mitigate the outcome of NAS along a continuum of care spanning timeframes in the mother and infant’s life: the preconception period, during pregnancy, at birth, the postpartum or neonatal/infancy period, childhood, and beyond.

The Texas NAS Symposium seeks to educate providers and the medical community on models of care to work with women who have taken opioids during pregnancy and their babies who have been exposed to drugs in the womb. From prescribed painkillers to illicit drugs such as heroin, each drug produces its own specific spectrum of effects on a newborn. Symposium education sessions are designed to help health care professionals work with the mother in decreasing opioid dependence, as well as help in understanding how to care for a substance-exposed child.

Target Audience: Medical Providers, Mental Health Providers, Treatment Providers, Child Welfare Professionals, Community Health Providers, Residents or Students who are interested in increasing their knowledge about NAS.