An increasing number of newborns are being born with drug withdrawal symptoms from opioids in rural areas of the United States as compared to births in urban areas, according to a JAMA Pediatrics study.
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.
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