Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a condition in which a baby has withdrawal symptoms after being exposed to certain substances. Many times, the baby is exposed when the mother uses substances such as medications or illicit drugs during pregnancy, and after the baby is born (and separated from the mother’s body), the baby goes through withdrawal because it is no longer receiving the substances. Less commonly, very sick babies may receive medications after birth to help control pain or agitation, and once those medications are stopped, the baby may go through withdrawal.
Effective January 1, 2013, all cases of NAS diagnosed among Tennessee resident births are reported to the Tennessee Department of Health at the time of diagnosis.
For more information on NAS, please visit the TN Department of Health by clicking below.