Lawyers Fighting for the Tennessee Foster Care System Overwhelmed by the Opioid Crisis
As a lawyer Memphis TN has trusted for over thirty years, I’d like to share some important facts with you about the Tennessee foster care system overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic. According to the American Psychological Association, 91 people die each day in America from opioid overdoses. These are from both illicit and prescription drugs.
Increasingly, children are the indirect victims of these tragedies. Often, they are separated from their families due to their parent’s drug addiction. Even worse, many of the children entering the foster care system in Tennessee are addicted to drugs themselves.
Children in Foster Care May Have a Higher Risk of NAS.
A young child can become addicted to opioid drugs its mother is taking while in the womb or breastfeeding. Once this little baby is born, it is suddenly cut off from the drugs on which it has come to depend. So, in the first few weeks of its life, a drug-addicted infant will experience agonizing withdrawal. Worse yet, this withdrawal can lead to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS.
NAS is a group of excruciating symptoms experienced by babies exposed to drugs while in the womb. These symptoms can include extreme irritability, slow weight gain, seizures, projectile vomiting, sweating, refusing to feed, blotchy skin, and more.
Worryingly, the symptoms don’t end there. Later in life, people who suffered from NAS as children might find they have hearing impairments, developmental delays, problems with language, brain disorders, psychiatric illness, and more.
Often, the good people who open their homes to foster children are not aware their child may have NAS. But, they are now responsible for the medical care necessary to treat their child’s issues. This isn’t fair. It’s why I’m fighting on behalf of the Tennessee foster care system overwhelmed by the opioid crisis.
We can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you are caring for a foster or adopted child you believe may have NAS, it’s important that we speak with you right away. We can provide the legal help you need to get compensation from the drug companies who helped cause this tragic epidemic.
You don’t have to do this alone. Contact an experienced infant opioid withdrawal attorney today. The call is absolutely free.