Pregnancy is a time of immense physical and emotional change, with heightened vulnerability, and as the rise in opioid abuse increases worldwide, it is necessary to address the growing concern of substance abuse amongst pregnant women, often intertwined with mental health challenges.
The intersection of substance abuse and mental health in pregnancy presents unique barriers which require a comprehensive understanding and compassionate approach. In the Position Paper – The Rise in Opioids Abuse, I explore the complexity of addiction, stress and pregnancy, highlighting the importance of frontline holistic wellbeing programming, based in the framework and research by the @WHO Guide for Integration of Perinatal Mental Health in Maternal and Child Health Services, @UnitedNations #UNODC Integrated Opioid Strategy, and @The_Lancet_ Public Health Opioid Overdose Crisis: Time for a Radical Rethink to achieve #SDG3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages.
By understanding and researching, the @WellbeingAfrica Foundation can further implement integrated care models, promoting community outreach and education, fostering collaboration, and investing in training; creating a supportive environment where pregnant women receive the quality and respectful care they need for a physically and mentally healthy pregnancy and a brighter future for their children.
The destigmatisation and raising of awareness allows healthcare providers, policymakers, and society at large to work together to create a conducive environment where pregnant women in need are treated and protected. You can learn more by reading The Rise in Opioids Abuse below: