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NAS Awareness Month Brings the Entirety of the Opioid Epidemic Into Focus

October 2018 Blog, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Comments Off on NAS Awareness Month Brings the Entirety of the Opioid Epidemic Into Focus

October marks Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Awareness Month. NAS is the result of the sudden discontinuation of fetal exposure of a substance, typically an opiate such as methadone, heroin, or prescription opiates. It can give afflicted newborns a constellation of symptoms such as: vomiting, loose stools, high-pitched crying, irritability, inconsolability, tremors, sweating, sneezing, poor feeding, or even seizures.

Because of the opioid epidemic in the United States, the incidence of NAS has skyrocketed over the past decade. For the NICU physicians and nurses that care for such unfortunate infants on a regular basis, following best practices for NAS care is crucial.

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Youngest Victims of Opioid Dependency

April 2015 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Comments Off on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Youngest Victims of Opioid Dependency

Opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels in the United States. It has crossed all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, affecting all communities. The problem continues to get worse. It has been reported that Americans consume 80% of the world’s opioid supply. As illicit prescription pills are becoming more expensive, heroin abuse is resurging.

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