Amie Goodin, Ph.D., M.P.P., a postdoc fellow in the department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, placed first in the Pediatric Special Interest Group Spotlight Poster Session at the International Conference for Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management Conference, Aug. 26-30, in Montreal. Goodin’s research examined disparities in neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, incidence and access to opioid abuse treatment in rural states compared to urban areas. The study found NAS cases tripled in Kentucky from 2008-14, and rural and Appalachian counties experienced NAS increases 2 to 2.5 times higher per 1,000 births than urban and non-Appalachian counties.
Co-authors of the study were Joshua Brown, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy at the UF College of Pharmacy, and Jeffery Talbert, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. The study was recently published in The Journal of Rural Health.