Prenatal addiction services needed to bridge the gap in addiction, obstetrics
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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