Helping Moms and Babies in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis

This video showcases the program, through the lenses of staff members and a local mom who has been a heroin addict since she was 16.

As opioid use in New Hampshire has skyrocketed, with heroin-related emergency room visits tripling in the state since 2013, the number of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has also grown. Newborns who have been exposed to opioids in utero can be born with moderate to severe symptoms of physical dependence at the time of delivery. This crisis led to the development and adoption of a new model of care at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and at the Special Care Nursery at CMC for newborns exposed to opioids before birth, a model that received national recognition in a journal article published in Pediatrics.

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