Movement on Medication safety (MOMS)

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Lincoln County, MO has seen a more than 500% increase in children born

with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) from 2011 to 2016.

NAS is a group of conditions caused when a baby suffers withdrawal from certain

drugs they are exposed to in the womb before birth.

Children born with NAS

  • have increased hospital stays

  • negative health outcomes

  • higher treatment costs

Lincoln County Health Department in conjunction with Region C Medical Reserve Corps and local partners strive to:

  • educate Lincoln County women of child bearing age on medication safety practices

  • increase awareness and facilitate best practices for local health care providers of NAS & Medication Safety

  • train local MRC volunteers to support and engage the community and help advocate for NAS awareness for providers and Lincoln County residents

  • maintain up-to date resource toolkit for NAS & Medication Safety

Greater awareness of and training about NAS and medication safety in women prior to becoming pregnant will help reduce the amount of children born with NAS in the county.