Substance Exposed Newborns: Addressing Social Costs Across the Lifespan
- Forum held on September 27, 2011
This forum examined the implications of prenatal substance exposure through the life span and consider policies and initiatives for prevention and treatment. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, misused prescription medication, and illegal drugs can seriously impact the child and family and result in substantial cost to society. Massachusetts and other states have undertaken initiatives to reduce the impact of prenatal exposure but many opportunities remain. Even in a time of significant budgetary constraints, it is essential to consider options that will, over time, save taxpayer money, improve lives, and build a healthier and more productive Commonwealth. This forum was made possible with the support of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.