Pregnant Women

Focus On Recovery – Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force

Pregnant and Using?

If you are pregnant and using opioids or other drugs, it’s important to get help for yourself and your unborn baby. Medication-assisted treatment (methadone or Subutex(R) is the current recommendation for pregnant women using opioids. Treatment is available in our community. Your path to a healthier pregnancy can begin with these five steps: 


  • See a healthcare provider as soon as you learn/suspect you are pregnant and keep scheduled appointments.
  • Be honest about your drug use.
  • Immediate withdrawal can harm your baby, so do not abruptly stop taking opioids without first speaking to your primary care provider.
  • Stop or decrease your use of other substances like methamphetamine, alcohol, marijuana and nicotine.
  • Learn what to expect when your baby is born.

Your are not alone. Please call or text: 509.216.7980 to speak wit someone who can connect you to treatment and services.


Weed to Know

Marijuana is old, but the science is new. Using pot while pregnant can hurt the baby. The THC crosses the placenta into a baby’s bloodstream: marijuana use during pregnancy changes how the baby’s brain develops, which can cause lifelong behavior problems. Marijuana use during pregnancy could impact a child’s learning ability and memory.

No amount of marijuana has been proven safe to use during pregnancy.

Using marijuana during pregnancy may cause problems for your baby, like premature birth, problems with brain development and stillbirth.

It’s not safe to use marijuana to treat morning sickness. Talk to your health care provider about treatments that are safer for your baby.

If you use marijuana, don’t breastfeed. You may pass chemicals from marijuana to your baby through breast milk. 

Talk to your provider if you need help to quit using marijuana or any other street drug.

The Washington Poison Center

Provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. All calls are confidential. According to their analysis of 2018 data, unintentional opioid ingestions are common in children 0-5 years, while opioid therapeutic errors are common in adults over the age of 60 years of age.


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