The Trump Administration's top doctor overseeing the opioid crisis says Tennessee has led the nation in tracking and responding to drug dependent babies. He's in Nashville along with First Lady Melania Trump for an event on neonatal abstinence syndrome at Vanderbilt.
The tide may be starting to turn on the number of drug-dependent babies in Tennessee. After an alarming 5-year rise, the number of infants going through withdrawals from opioids is down by more than a quarter from the same point last year.
Tennessee hospitals may be too quick to send home babies born dependent on opioids. New research from Vanderbilt finds babies that are discharged early to finish weaning at home end up in treatment three times as long and are more likely to make a trip to the emergency room.