April 2016 eupdate



"Pediatric Marijuana and Methamphetamine Exposure:  Trends and Impact on Children"


Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Denver Health Clinic at the Family Crisis Center and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics, Co-Chair, Substance Exposed Newborns Subcommittee, Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force

With the legalization of marijuana and the increase in prescription drug abuse in Colorado, the issue of substance exposed newborns and drug endangered children continues to be in important topic for the many professionals that serve women of child-bearing age, pregnant women and young families. This presentation will provide an overview of the impacts of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure including the latest information about marijuana and prescription drugs.  It will outline the effects of parental substance use/abuse on mothers, infants, children & families and outline a plan for identification and services for these families.

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Dr. Deborah Shropshire

Detox: Impacting Kids Who Have Experienced Toxic Stress

 from National DEC on Vimeo.

This presentation discusses types of stress that children experience, helps us better understand the lifelong effects of chronic toxic stress in childhood, and discusses ways that we as professionals can help change the life trajectory of those children we encounter in abusive and neglectful environments.

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