Understanding before Implementing:
Opioid Epidemic affecting our Youth

An increasing number of babies in the United States are being exposed to opioid drugs in utero and are often exhibiting the signs and symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) shortly after birth.

Babies born with NOWS can exhibit hyper-irritability, vomiting and diarrhea, and breathing difficulties. If left untreated, NOWS can lead to death.

  • The current project is an important step in better understanding the most beneficial and effective ways to care for babies born with opioid exposure.

  • Five TRANSFORM SC sites are engaged in a nationwide retrospective study to collect information about the identification, treatment, weaning, and outcomes for babies with NOWS.

  • Optimizing care for babies with NOWS could lead to a decrease in death rate as well as other negative outcomes and reduce potential complications resulting in lower public health costs.

Future research will address gaps in:

  • Early identification of mothers with substance abuse in order to prepare for potential treatments when the baby is born.

  • Reliable tools for identifying NOWS symptoms to provide more consistent care.

  • Initiating and weaning from treatment with prescribed drugs.

  • Creating a family-centered approach to care and follow-up.

  • Looking at the long term outcomes for babies born with NOWS.

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The work of TRANSFORM SC is supported by NIH Grant 1UG1HD90909-01

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