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Prenatal Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

The name of the condition is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). The baby will be born with opioids on board and will require opioids or partial opioid receptor agonists to help the baby through withdrawl and detox. This process can be started while in utero with the mother in medication assisted treatment (MAT). The idea behind MAT is to use opioid agonists that do not fully cover the opioid receptors thereby reducing the euphoria of the full opioid (morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, & heroin). There are three treatment modalities for MAT; methadone, buprenorphine or the combo buprenorphine/naltrexone (Suboxone), and naltrexone itself (SAMHSA, 2018

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