The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic. Over 64,000 people die each year from opioid overdose, of those 20,000 are women. As the number of women struggling with opioid abuse increases, so does the number of pregnant women struggling with opioid abuse. This increases the chance that these pregnant women pass their addiction to their unborn child. Babies exposed to opioids have many health problems, the effects of this is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). This pamphlet contains essential information on the effects of opioid use during pregnancy.
This pamphlets discusses the effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome on babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy (which includes prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl). Symptoms of NAS include withdrawal, seizures, low birth weight, difficulty eating, sleeping and breathing. Other serious birth effects include spina bifida, hydrocephaly, gastroschisis, and congenital heart defects.
The pamphlet also includes a FAQ’s section, information on how to prevent NAS and drug replacement treatment options for a mother using prescription opioids to manage pain or struggling with opioid addiction.
Every 25 minutes a baby is born with NAS. Know the effects opioids have on unborn children and what you can do to help prevent NAS and protect your child.
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