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PATHways provides second chance for pregnant moms struggling with substance use disorder

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, Fleming County resident Marie Vice found herself at a low point, taking herself to a local hospital in October 2015. She was pregnant, still actively using drugs, and suffering from extreme withdrawal. “The doctor came in and said, ‘You need to let me get you somewhere where they can take care of the...

New contract allows UK to expand, improve rural Ky. opioid use disorder program for pregnant women

By Olivia Ramirez UK Now With a $4.9 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Kentucky will expand and improve treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas of Kentucky. The need for multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment for OUD was seen across multiple disciplines – members of the Department of Obstetrics...

Innovative program for addicted babies results in shorter hospital stays, more empowered moms

An innovative program in Lexington that treats addicted babies, while making sure the moms aren’t using drugs, has shortened hospital stays for the infants and empowered the mothers to be part of their care. As part of a series of stories titled “A Nation in Recovery,” Keegan Hamilton of Vice News paints a picture of what it’s like to be pregnant, addicted to painkillers and...