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Project seeks to enhance opioid care for infants

Oct. 10, 2019—The number of opioid-exposed infants who were connected, along with their families, to outside resources upon discharge from the hospital surged in a recent six-month pilot.

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Benzodiazepine use with opioids intensifies neonatal abstinence syndrome

Jul. 1, 2019—Babies born after being exposed to both opioids and benzodiazepines before birth are more likely to have severe drug withdrawal, requiring medications like morphine for treatment, compared to infants exposed to opioids alone.

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Long-term unemployment linked to increase in babies born with drug withdrawal

Jan. 29, 2019—Babies born after being exposed to opioids before birth are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the RAND Corporation.

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Team Hope program’s mission is to enhance care for newborns with NAS

Jul. 26, 2018—A collaborative program across units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is changing the way nurses and doctors care for newborns diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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First lady visits Children’s Hospital to learn about VUMC’s opioid approach

Jul. 26, 2018—First lady Melania Trump visited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday to learn firsthand about Team Hope, Vanderbilt’s multidisciplinary team focused on helping infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as well as their families.

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Opioid epidemic focus of June 27 Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum

Jun. 14, 2018—“America’s Opioid Epidemic” is the theme of the 27th annual Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Early discharge of NAS infants prolongs treatment

May. 17, 2018—Infants who are diagnosed with drug withdrawal after birth who are treated with medication as outpatients at home are treated three times longer than infants treated solely as inpatients, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Study tracks impact of NAS on state Medicaid programs 

Mar. 23, 2018—In the United States, one infant is born every 15 minutes with withdrawal symptoms after being exposed to opioids before birth, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Discussing the opioid crises

Feb. 15, 2018—Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy in the Division of Neonatology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, testified before Congress recently about the rise and impact of drug withdrawal symptoms in newborns, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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Patrick honored for neonatal abstinence syndrome research

Jun. 15, 2017—Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., MPH, MS, has been chosen to receive the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award, recognizing his work surrounding neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal syndrome experienced by infants exposed to opioids while in utero.

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Study finds male infants at increased risk for NAS

May. 4, 2017—Male infants are more likely at birth than their female counterparts to be diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and to require treatment, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in Hospital Pediatrics.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt neonatologist urge public health approach for women who use opioids during pregnancy

Feb. 20, 2017—Punitive approach has not been shown to be effective and may deter women from seeking help The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement today stating that a public health response, rather than a punitive approach, is needed to address the increasing number of pregnant women using opioids. Vanderbilt neonatologist Stephen Patrick, M.D., co-authored...

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