Substance exposed infants in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Opioid abuse is a serious public health threat for Delaware and the U.S. In 2016, the CDC reported that over 42,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid addiction, often leaving behind broken families and children. Opioids come in many forms, which aids their pervasiveness in society; they can be obtained as prescription medication, fentanyl (a synthetic pain reliever that is often used for treating severe pain cases), and heroin. Ensuring that we treat those currently afflicted with addiction and setting barriers in place to prevent growth of the addicted population with be paramount to protecting our children from the societal damages of substance abuse.
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The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (commonly known as the ICD) provides alpha-numeric codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease.

ICD 9-CM codes
655.5 Suspected damage to fetus from drugs
V22.20 Pregnant state, incidental
779.5 Drug withdrawal syndrome in newborn (with dependent mothers)
760.72 Narcotics (760.7 Noxious influences affecting fetus or newborn via placenta or breast milk)

Drug-related ICDs
304 Drug Dependence
305.5 Opioid abuse
977.9 Unspecified drug or medicinal substance
970.1 Opiate antagonists

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (779.5, 760.72)
Pregnant (V22.2) with drug related ICDs

Data Source: Delaware Health Statistics Center

Footnotes: NA in table means that number has been suppressed (less than 5 instances)