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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.

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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.

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Tennessee Department of Health

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.

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Tennessee’s Medicaid program is taking aim at the state’s rising number of drug-dependent newborns by expanding access to long-acting birth control implants.

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Tennessee Department of Health

Putnam County will begin offering long-term birth control to women as they leave jail, at least for those who choose to be part of a family planning program.