Hidden America: Nearly Half of Newborns at Tennessee Hospital Are Drug-Dependent

In the neo-natal intensive care unit at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, nurses give baby Grayson morphine every three hours to help ease his painful withdrawal symptoms. "He's currently on 160 micrograms," said nurse Andrew Pressnell. Other newborn babies shake and scream as nurses rush to administer care around the clock. Nearly half of the infants in the hospital's NICU are suffering from opiate withdrawal -- most from prescription painkillers. Baby Grayson was quaking...Full Story
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