Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) is a post-natal drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns caused primarily by in utero exposure to opioids. The United States has seen a threefold increase in the incidence of NOWS during 2000-2012. During the same time, Oregon has seen a fivefold increase. In 2016, the nation had an average opioid-related hospital stays of 296.9 per 100,000; Oregon’s average is 388.7 per 100,000.
Oregon is top in the nation for opiate problems and the state is mobilizing to develop effective programs to address the opiate epidemic head on, and reduce incidence of overdose, NOWS, and SUD. When community resources, medical and social services, housing, the court system etc. can coordinate and develop local programs to help affected families, everyone benefits - individuals, families, and communities.
The conference's keynote speaker Barbara Cimaglio is a nationally recognized leader in the field of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. Her career spans over 40 years of service at the state and local level.
The conference will be held September 27-28th at the Keizer Civic Center and is open to the public. See the attached brochure for additional information.
Opioid Conference Brochure
Friday, Sept. 27: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 28: 8:00 am-3:00 pm