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Tennessee launches additional efforts in 2013 to reduce the number of Drug-Dependent Newborns


Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant.

Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

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Tennesseans to benefit from Narcotic Drug Reporting starting April 1st


Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Effective April 1st, 2013, prescribers will be required to look up their patients in the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before beginning a new treatment with an opioid or benzodiazepine and at least yearly thereafter if treatment continues.

The reporting will ultimately benefit all Tennesseans in helping to decrease the complex collection of problems associated with improper use of prescribed drugs. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health leads Statewide effort to address problem of Babies Born Dependent on Addictive Drugs


Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Weighing in at just over four pounds, one of the newest residents of Tennessee isn’t just premature, he’s dependent on addictive drugs.

Within a few hours of the delivery, hospital staff members knew by his seizures, high-pitched cries, tremors, fever and vomiting this innocent baby was another tragic case of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition caused when an unborn child is exposed to powerful drugs used legally or illegally by a mother during pregnancy. «Read the rest of this article»

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