NAS is a type of withdrawal that can occur in newborns exposed to certain substances, including opioids, during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and struggling with opioid use, talk to your doctor right away. Addiction to opioids is a disease, and you and your baby both deserve medical care for a healthier start to your child's life. If you're scared to talk to your doctor, try practicing with a counselor or trusted loved one. Check out the resources below for more information.
The UP has one of the highest rates of NAS in Michigan -- but together we can change that!
Casey became addicted to prescription opioids after a hockey injury around age 12. By the time he was 16, he was seeking opioids on the streets. In March of 2017, while in his late 20s, Casey was found unresponsive from an opioid overdose. A dose of Narcan from an EMT named Anette saved Casey's life.
Now four years later, he is in recovery, a father, and the owner of Sum Moore Snow Removal in the Copper Country. Casey's message to others who are struggling with addiction is:
Don't be afraid or embarrassed to reach out for help.
NDAFW is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide.