Over the last decade, opioid use in the United States and Tennessee has rapidly increased, causing an alarming number of babies born with NAS – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a set of withdrawal symptoms a drug-dependent newborn may experience.
This drug dependency and NAS are a result of prenatal exposure to prescription drugs or heroin – in that the mother used while pregnant with her baby.
For the month of October, Tennessee is observing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Awareness Month. To raise awareness about NAS in the communities, organizations such as the Metro Drug Coalition is asking people to wear pearls and bow ties for babies on Friday, Oct. 5.
Participating individuals can post to social media with the hashtag #NASMONTHTN while wearing their pearls or bow ties to show support for babies born with NAS and to send the message that a baby’s life shouldn’t begin with detox.