Ms. Karen Pershing, Executive Director
4930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Preventing Prenatal Drug Exposure – $60,000
Prenatal Drug Use and the harm of exposure to a developing fetus is 100 percent preventable. Babies who are born exposed to opiates or other legal and illegal substances begin their lives experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms, which may result in long-term developmental challenges once the initial hospital stay ends. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome cases are being tracked and monitored and provides Tennessee with an opportunity to track and trend exposure by state, region and county to chart progress towards prevention efforts.
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Jason Goodman, Regional Lifeline Manager