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Brown JD, Doshi PA, Pauly NJ, Talbert JC. Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Amid Efforts to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic. JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 26, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2150.
The United States is experiencing a rapid increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) caused by in utero exposure to prescription and illicit (heroin) opioids.1,2 Increases in NAS correlate with the well-documented increase in prescription opioid abuse.3 State and federal policy efforts to combat this increase in drug abuse have halted the increase in prescription drug abuse but are associated with an increase in illicit drug use.3 Read More