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Local hospital recognized for work caring for babies born with opioid withdrawal

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Saint Vincent Healthcare becomes the only center for excellence for Neonatal Abstinence Care in the state.

According to a news release from the hospital, opioid use in pregnant women has escalated dramatically in recent years.

They say the abuse results in a rise in the number of newborns who develop severe signs of opioid withdrawal, known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or NAS.

With extensive training, the hospital reports its team of medical professionals is prepared to help the babies and their families.

The news release states St. V's is one of only 45 centers in the U.S. to be recognized as a center of excellence in NAS care.

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