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conditions? Given that rural areas have higher birth rates to NAS does Medicaid provide enough resources and support for families experiencing NAS? On the scientific perspective, how is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome diagnosed? Moreover, what are the most effective treatment plans to ensure the newborn will be set to live a healthy lifestyle?It is not a secret that the United States has seen an increase in opioid use in recent years; many tragic deaths of celebrities and famous sports athletes have made headlines for an overdosedeath. With opioid use being on the rise, opioid misuse when pregnant may seriously injure mother and fetus. A study that was funded by the national Institute of drug abuse collected data among eight states and 580 counties that were associated with NAS cases. The data correlates with multiple NAS cases from rural and metropolitan areas that unite with poor economic conditions. During the study period, over six million births were analyzed and the overall median2
Neonatal abstinence syndromeNAS rate per 1,000 hospital births increased from 3.2 to 14.5, underscoring the increase of opioid misuse among pregnant women in those counties in the six-year span (Higer rates, 2019).