The epidemic of heroin/opioid use has lead to an epidemic of addicted babies. The treatment used to focus on giving newborns drugs to wean them off of the narcotics in their system. Now a new program developed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is changing the way pediatricians are dealing with babies who are suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome. The changes in treatment include having mothers hold their infants for long periods of time, bright lights of intensive care are replaced by darkened rooms and changing a scoring system that led to more use of drugs in treatment.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor


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