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Neonatal abstinence syndrome is not a new phrase; however, not enough attention has been paid to this increasing problem.


stance prescription, which is not always easy. Additional training for pharmacists is now available to help in the decision- making process. One baby is born every hour experiencing


severe problems when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is not a new phrase; however, not enough atention has been paid to this increasing problem. We must educate our young people to this fast-growing problem. We must make certain that our legislators are supporting the bills that will investigate and support prescription-monitoring pro- grams. We must all stay focused on this very serious issue and become champions for stopping this public health crisis. Become involved and save an entire generation! Remember that every 15 minutes another person dies from prescription overdose! Te dignitaries from Congress as well as the heads of many of the government


agencies implored the audience to take a stand against prescription abuse. Tey need concerned citizens to write advocacy leters, send emails, utilize social media and make calls to support legislation to fight prescription drug abuse directly to U.S. House of Representative members and senators. We encourage you to utilize the DATIA tool, CapWiz, that allows you to easily contact, via mail and email, your U.S. House of Representatives and senators as well as your local state repre- sentatives and senators. You can find the CapWiz tool on the DATIA website at www.datia.org in the “Advocacy” section. In the “Resources” section you can find “National Resources” and “State Law Resources.” Advocacy is the first step in every successful grassroots campaign. Do your part today to help fight prescription drug abuse. ❚


Elaine Taule is the President and CEO of NMS Manage- ment Services. NMS Man- agement Services provides turnkey Drug Free Workplace programs, background


checks, finger printing and wellness programs. Elaine is also a member of DATIA’s Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Com- munications Committee.


Phil Dubois is the Executive Vice President of DrugScan Laboratories and Executive Vice President of DSI Medical Services. DrugScan Labora- tories is a toxicology-moni-


toring laboratory that specializes in addiction toxicology, pain management toxicology and health care toxicology monitoring. DSI Medical Services is a leading Third Party Administrator that delivers full service drug testing programs, medical monitoring and risk aversion services. Phil is the Chairman Elect of the DATIA Board of Directors and serves as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.


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