Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

In Sullivan County, every five days a baby is born dependent on drugs*

Babies can experience seizures, high pitched crying, trembling, vomiting, problems sleeping, slow weight gain, and many long term problems

*Average in 2016, still true mid-2020

Babies born suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have significantly higher hospital expenses that on average cost $60,000 more than a birth without NAS.

What Can Be Done?

Women who might become pregnant should ask about voluntary, reversible, long acting contraception if prescribed an opioid medication


Visit our health team site for helpful resources such as:

      • Current rate of NAS births in Sullivan County

      • Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines

      • CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioid Medications

      • SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)

      • Suggestions for promoting voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives (VLARCs)

      • How to help your clients obtain Count It, Lock It, Drop It materials

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