Making Special Provisions for Opioid-Exposed Newborns Starts during Pregnancy

Caring for a newborn with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) requires particularly close attention, starting in utero and continuing at the hospital and after discharge. What exactly is a NAS infant? Babies can experience withdrawal due to the mother taking prescribed medications or illicit drugs. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of Read More

Variety of Drugs Are Contributing to Current Epidemic

Over the past several years, Virginia has experienced a substantial increase in drug related overdose and deaths resulting from misuse and abuse, replicating national trends. The growing number of deaths and overdoses caused by fentanyl and other synthetics is one of the reasons why Virginia continues to advance its prevention efforts statewide. Dr.  Mary McMasters, Read More

Substance Misuse Being Traced Back To Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Building resiliency in people who grew up in challenging environments is finding traction as a way to combat the drug overdose epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence or abuse witnessing violence in Read More

Discharge Planning for NAS Babies

The continuing opioid crisis in Virginia has impacted a wide variety of populations, including a growing number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). These babies present particularly complex symptoms and require additional treatment plans when they are ready to discharge home. It’s important to work closely with the baby’s mother in a supportive, Read More