For babies of the opioid crisis, best care may be mom’s recovery

On average, a baby is born in withdrawal from opioids every 15 minutes in the U.S., according to recent research. That staggering statistic raises concerns among doctors and social workers — and among mothers.

Research is just beginning to point toward the lasting effects of opioids on each child’s body and brain. Recently, an international, multisite study tracked for 36 months nearly a hundred children whose mothers had been in medically-assisted treatment during their pregnancy. Hendrée Jones is executive director at Horizons, a residential substance use disorder treatment program at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, and co-authored the study. She says the early results suggest there are reasons to be optimistic.

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