Tennessee is struggling with babies born hurting from opioids.
If you are caring for a newborn who is crying excessively, vomiting, arching their back, has blotchy skin or is extremely irritable, your baby may have NAS. NAS is a group of agonizing symptoms endured by babies born hurting from opioids, caused by exposure to drugs while in the womb. Sadly, increasing numbers of children are entering the foster care system because their parents are struggling with opioid addiction. As such, foster parents, case workers, and volunteers may not even realize the children they are caring for are experiencing withdrawal or NAS.
Babies exhibiting the symptoms of NAS need medical care.
Infants who have NAS need medical care, both in the short-term and long-term. The pain that babies born hurting from opioids endure doesn’t stop once they detox. In fact, the long-term effects are often far worse. Children with NAS may grow up with hearing disabilities, brain disorders, language delays, developmental problems, seizures, psychiatric illness, and more. The life-long medical costs associated with caring for a child who has these problems because of NAS can be astronomical.
Adopted and foster children are at risk.
Sadly, the opioid crisis is overloading the foster care system in Tennessee. As this drug epidemic grows, more and more children entering foster care are doing so addicted to drugs. Often, the burden of medical care for these children falls on the good people who open their homes to them. Well, our team at Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC doesn’t think this is right. We believe the major opioid manufacturers should be held accountable for their role in this devastating crisis.
If you are a foster parent, social worker, or case worker caring for a child you suspect may have NAS, or had NAS in the past, we would like to talk with you. We are ready to take on the major pharmaceutical companies on your behalf to get you the compensation that you, and the children under your care, deserve. Please contact us right away. The consultation is absolutely free. You don’t have to do this alone.