The Increasing Problem of Babies Born With NAS

What people are writing about Knoxville on the Web

East Tennessee's growing number of babies born with drug addictions gained yet more national attention in an Oct. 11 story by NBC News' JoNel Aleccia, which led with a scene from East Tennessee Children's Hospital:

"On an average day, neonatal nurse practitioner Carla Saunders faces two dozen babies born hooked on drugs, infants so sick with the pain of withdrawal that they cry nonstop, claw their faces and writhe in agony at the sound of a voice or the touch of hand. But that's just the average."

The story went on to say that Tennessee has had more babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) so far this year than in all of 2011.