While the opioid crisis continues to wreak devastation throughout the state, one of the hardest hit areas is seeing a glimmer of good news. Recent reporting shows that cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Tennessee have started to decline in 2018. NAS cases are down 26% in 2018 compared to the same time period last year. Rates of NAS in East Tennessee have decreased each of the last several years. NAS occurs when a pregnant woman abuses drugs and her unborn child develops a dependency on them in the womb. Awareness of the dangers of drug use during pregnancy has had an impact on women of childbearing age. But the decrease in the number of NAS babies in Knox County has […]
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