Join us October 15th in Birmingham Alabama for "Drugs Pregnancy and Parenting: What Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say"

September 24, 2010

Registration begins at 1 PM and the program will run from 2 PM – 6:00 PM
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Heritage Hall, Room 102
1401 University Blvd

The Alabama Women’s Resource Network, National Advocates for Pregnant Women & The Alabama Substance Abuse Coordinating Committee present…

Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say

• Up-to-date research about the short and long-term effects of prenatal substance exposure on fetal and child development.
• Maternal substance use as a public health problem.
• Evidence-based responses and resources to address drug and alcohol use during pregnancy.

Deborah Frank, M.D.,
Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University
Curtis Lowery, M.D., Chair of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Daniel Abrahamson, J.D. Director of Legal Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance
Brenda Smith, Ph.D., Professor at University of Alabama School of Social Work
Kathrine Jack, J.D., Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Tajuan McCarty, Executive Director of the Neighborhood House

Continuing Education Units: Credits will be offered for Alabama lawyers, social workers and drug treatment counselors.

Credits for Lawyers= 2.7 credit hours (1.0 hours for ethics).
Credits for Social Workers = 3.0 credit hours
Credits for Drug Treatment Counselors = 3.0 credit hours

Registration Required: Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.
Please pre-register
Questions: Contact Catherine Roden-Jones of The Alabama Women’s Resource Network (205) 916-0135 x 501

Free and open to the public! Snacks will be provided!

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Conference Program

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Registration and Refreshments

Introduction and Welcome

Catherine Roden-Jones, M.A., Director, Alabama Women’s Resource Network
Kathrine Jack, J.D., Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Panel I. Prenatal Drug Exposure: A Review of the Science and Its Application in the Legal System

Popular media accounts of addiction, drug use, and infants with intrauterine exposure to psychoactive substances often differ from actual research findings. Even among research studies, levels of accuracy and reliability of methods range from effective use of the scientific method to “junk science”. Leading physicians and researchers will address ways to distinguish reliable, evidence-based science from misinformation, what a positive drug test can and cannot tell us, discuss what we can learn from the scientific research on effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, and address the role of evidence-based research and expert testimony in providing zealous and effective representation to pregnant women, children and families in the legal system.

Carmen Howell, J.D., Attorney at Law, Enterprise Alabama
Curtis Lowery, M.D., Professor, Specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Hospital Director of Obstetrics at University of Arkansas School of Medicine
Deborah Frank, M.D., Founder and Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center and principal investigator of the Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program ("C-SNAP").
Daniel Abrahamson, J.D., M.A., Director of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance


Panel II. Pregnancy in Alabama: How Do State Policies Addressing Drug Use and Addiction Affect Maternal and Child Health?

Presenters will review medical, legal, and policy responses to issues of drug and alcohol use by pregnant and parenting women and discuss what responses are supported by evidence-based research. Presenters will identify effective drug treatment and other responses to pregnant drug-using women, Alabama-specific concerns and local resources to help pregnant women. In addition, presenters will examine how responses to addiction compare to responses to other chronic relapsing diseases and to mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Emma Ketteringham, J.D., Director of Legal Advocacy, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Brenda D. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work
Tajuan McCarty, Executive Director, The Neighborhood House

5:15 – 5:30

Catherine Roden-Jones, M.A., Director, Alabama Women’s Resource Network