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Legalization of Marijuana: Unintended Consequences on Our Most Vulnerable Patients

by Carol Wallman, DNP, APRN NNP-BC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

States with legalized marijuana have faced increased use of marijuana by women during the perinatal period and complexities in decision making regarding management of infants exposed to marijuana through pregnancy and breastfeeding. Staff and family often report inconsistent messaging and practice management patterns among staff and providers in response to these patients. Results of a comprehensive literature search will be utilized to discuss the development and implementation of best practice strategies to address the unintended consequences of increased use of THC during pregnancy and breastfeeding correlating with the legalization of THC. This presentation will provide a review of current scientific evidence available to support the development of guidelines for consistent messaging and management of these newborns and their families during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Discuss the increased newborn exposures to THC correlated with its legalization

Objective 2: Discuss three potential complications of newborn THC exposure through pregnancy and breastfeeding

Objective 3: Discuss evidence based education and management strategies for working with newborns exposed to THC through pregnancy and breastfeeding

Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks