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If you're pregnant and worried about opioid use, support is available. Here you'll find resources and information that can help parents and their baby be healthy.
Fentanyl is causing overdose deaths and it's in most opioids that aren't from a pharmacy. If a drug doesn't come from a pharmacy or cannabis dispensary, assume it has fentanyl and keep naloxone with you. You can't taste, smell or see fentanyl if it's been added to a drug. If you are using opioids like blue M30s, also assume they have fentanyl. It's less likely that other drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine have fentanyl in them, but they could.
What you can do to protect yourself
Keep naloxone with you, it could save your life
Naloxone can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose and can save your life (as well as the life of your baby). Check the naloxone section below for details on how to get it for free.
Know what to do in an overdose
Know the signs and symptoms:
- Won't wake up
- Slow or no breathing
- Choking sounds or snore like a gurgle
- Pale, ashy, cool skin
- Blue or gray lips or fingernails
Know what to do:
- Call 911
- Give naloxone
- If they wake up and start breathing, stay with them and encourage them to seek medical care
Use the buddy system
When you can, use around other people. Go one at a time using a buddy system. If you do use alone, try calling a friend or using this online service
Use one drug at a time, or use less of each drug
Try to only use one substance at a time to reduce your chance of overdosing.
Set personal limits
Writing down how much you use can help you reduce your use. Setting limits on where and who you use with can help you stay safe, like only using with a friend.
Take it slower
Do smaller amounts at a time.
Get Naloxone for Free, It Could Save Your Life
Naloxone can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose and can save your life (as well as the life of your baby).
Get naloxone mailed to you for free: The People's Harm Reduction Alliance
Places you can go to get free naloxone: Find naloxone near you at stopoverdose.org
How to use naloxone: Opioid overdose prevention & directions for Naloxone use (wa.gov)
Four Things You Can Do If You Are Pregnant And Use Drugs
- Get prenatal care
- Reduce your use
- Use medications for opioid use disorder
- Take care of yourself
Find Treatment Options
You’re not alone, there are people that can help. You can find providers who know about medications that can help you stop using opioids www.warecoveryhelpline.org/moud-locator
WA Recovery Helpline 1-866-789-1511 | Pregnant & Parenting Recovery Services Locator
*Provided by The Washington Recovery Help Line - a program of Crisis Connections. Offering an anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge. professionally-trained volunteers and staff provide emotional support. They can also connect callers with local treatment resources or more community services.
If You Wish to Stop Using Drugs During Pregnancy, Get Help at These Places
It's best for your baby if you don't stop using drugs abruptly. These places can help you reduce and stop your use slowly and safely during pregnancy.
Grays Harbor Community Hospital
1006 North H Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
916 Pacific Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Good Samaritan Hospital
401 15th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA 98372