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Neonatal Drug Withdrawal

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by Kellicker PG

(Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)



Depending on the type and amount of drug exposure, symptoms can develop within hours to days after birth.
Neonatal drug withdrawal may cause:


Drug Abuse—National Institute on Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration



Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Toronto Area of Narcotics Anonymous



Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Improving treatment for drug-exposed infants. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US). 1993;Report No:(SMA)93-2011.

Davidson HA. Neonatal abstinence syndrome: an overview. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: Updated October 11, 2013. Accessed August 21, 2014.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Boston Children's Hospital website Available at: Accessed August 21, 2014.

Neonatal opioid withdrawal. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated January 14, 2014. Accessed August 21, 2014.


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