Zero Exposure Project ZEP Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc.

About the Project

The use of alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is considered a major public health problem in the United States. Approximately 10% of all infants born have been exposed to illegal drugs by survey estimates (DHHS, February, 1990; Chasnoff, 1989). Major maternal health organizations (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health) recommend that women be fully assessed for current and historical substance use at their first prenatal visit (Morse, Gehshan, & Hutchins, 1997). Despite this awareness, standardized methods for identifying individuals ‘at-risk’ for use during pregnancy have not been widely adopted in public obstetrical settings. This project describes a collaborative partnership that improved identification of substance use risk and offered immediate engagement in education, support, and treatment services.

Principal Investigator

Holly Hills, PhD

Award Amount



03/01/2005 - 04/30/2010