This symposium will bring together nurses, social workers, licensed professional counselors, doctors, mental health providers, substance use treatment providers, community health providers, and community services and support services providers who serve at-risk families.


Over the past decade two parallel trends have been on the rise:

  • Increased prevalence of prescription opioid use disorder
  • Increased incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Current evidence suggests that approximately one infant born every 15 minutes in the U.S. had signs of drug withdrawal (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], 2019). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies five time frames for prevention and intervention opportunities:

  1. preconception
  2. pregnancy
  3. birth
  4. postpartum/infancy
  5. childhood/beyond

Educating healthcare providers in the use of evidence-based methods of screening, managing, and opioid use, opioid misuse, and opioid use disorder for mothers is documented as one way states can address gaps in knowledge and support better outcomes for mothers and infants affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


CE provided for Nurses, Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers, LCDC, LPC & Peer Support Providers

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is approved by the Texas State Board of Socials Workers Examiners to provide Social Worker CE.

Centralized Training Infrastructure for Evidence Based Practices is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Contact Information: Toll Free 1-833-844-4735 or email:

Continuing Education Provided:

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Social Workers, LCDC
  • Psychologists, LPC, Peer Support Providers