The prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Tennessee has increased more than tenfold in the past decade, and providers and lawmakers alike are taking note. A drug-withdrawal syndrome that most commonly occurs after in-utero exposure to opioids, NAS has been diagnosed in more than 600 Tennessee infants since Jan. 2016.
Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP had a plan. After finishing his medical training, he would return to the rural eastern North Carolina county where he grew up and join a primary care pediatrics practice. He really wanted to serve his neighbors.
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