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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome(NAS)

Pregnant and using? There is Hope.
For free and confidential support call the Hopeline at (315) 218-1965.
Now that you are pregnant, it’s a good time to make a change.

Help yourself. Help your baby.

Did you know?

  • Of every 1,000 babies born in Onondaga County, 26 have drug-related problems.
  • One infant born every hour in the U.S. has signs of drug withdrawal. Source: JAMA, May 2012

What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
If you are pregnant and using, the drugs you use pass through your body to the baby inside of you. Once born and no longer getting the drugs, the baby can go through withdrawal. The set of symptoms a baby experiences is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).




NAS Materials

NAS Materials

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The symptoms a baby shows differ based on the drug(s) that were used and the amount taken, but can include: seizures, poor feeding, sweating, diarrhea, or trouble sleeping.

Some drugs can increase the chance of birth defects and/or premature labor in these babies. This can affect how the baby grows and develops. Babies of mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may also have the same kind of symptoms.

Some of the drugs that can cause NAS:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines (like speed, Adderall®, and Dexedrine®)
  • Opiates/opioids (like heroin, morphine, and codeine), oxycodone, hydrocodone, Oxycontin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®
  • Marijuana (pot, weed)
  • Benzodiazepines (like sleeping pills, Valium®, and Xanax®)

What do I do if I am using and would like help?
If you are using drugs, do not just quit suddenly, as it will cause problems for your baby. If you are ready to get help, call the Hopeline at (315) 218-1965. Trained, caring people will direct you to the help and hope you need. It is never too late.


For free and confidential support call the Hopeline
at (315) 218-1965. You are never alone...call today.


The Hopeline is brought to you through a partnership with:
Contact Community Services, Inc., Crouse Hospital, Onondaga County Health Department,
Prevention Network, REACH CNY, and the Upstate New York Poison Center


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