The rising opioid epidemic in America affects not only adults: Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Babies in the womb exposed to opioids by their mothers have a higher risk of developing educational disabilities in the future, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).
Dr. Lauren Melissa Jansson, director of pediatrics at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy at John Hopkins Medicine, said NAS cases have risen in Americain recent years due to the opioid epidemic.
“I do think we are seeing a rise in the NAS syndrome in infants and I think it’s likely driven by the overprescribing of opioids leaking out to communities,” she said.
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