Drug-addicted newborns need judgment-free help to survive and thrive.

As a lawyer Tennessee has trusted for over thirty years, I want to make sure you know about the most vulnerable victims of the opioidcrisis: newborns. It’s no secret that Tennessee is one of the hardest-hit states in America’s opioid epidemic. But, while the discussion tends to focus on adult addicts, their babies are also suffering at skyrocketing rates. Often, mothers are terrified to tell anyone they used opioids during pregnancy, even if these are prescribed painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, or Methadone. Fearing they will be blamed for their child’s condition, they stay silent while their baby unnecessarily suffers. This is precisely why drug-addicted newborns need judgment-free help.

Children exposed to drugs in the womb can go through agonizing and severe withdrawal once they’re born. This type of intense withdrawal is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. Symptoms of NAS may include extreme irritability, slow weight gain, seizures, vomiting, sweating, refusing to feed, blotchy skin, and more.

Even worse, babies with NAS may grow to have lifelong learning disabilities, language delays, hearing impairments, psychiatric illness, and more. Read more about the long-term effects of NAS here.

Opioid manufacturers should be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.

Here at Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC, we are not interested in judging mothers who took opioids while pregnant. Instead, we are interested in getting infants and children with NAS the financial compensation they deserve. Furthermore, we believe that the major opioid manufacturers are to blame for the ballooning opioid crisis in America, and we are already hard at work fighting against them.

We now know that  major opioid manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma, had evidence that their drugs were highly addictive. But, they still marketed these drugs as “hope in a bottle.” We believe this is why there is such a large increase in babies born with NAS. It’s also why we are taking on prominent pharmaceutical companies to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you believe a child under your care has NAS, we want to hear from you right away.

You and your family do not have to go through this alone. In fact, our experienced team at Darrell Castle & Associates is waiting to hear from you and ready to fight on your behalf. Currently, we are accepting calls from all caretakers of children with NAS. This includes family members, biological parents, hospital workers, child protective services workers, foster parents, and more.

Don’t wait. Contact us online today or call 901-327-1212 to speak in person with lawyers who can get you the justice you deserve.