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The opioid-exposed newborn: Assessment and pharmacologic management

Lauren M. Jansson, MD, Martha Velez, MD, Cheryl Harrow, RNC-LRN, MS, FNP-BC, IBCLC, RLC


The infant exposed to opioids in utero frequently presents a challenge to the neonatal care provider in the assessment and treatment of symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) after birth. This review is intended to provide the healthcare professional with a brief review of current evidence and practical guidelines for optimal evaluation and pharmacologic management of the opioid-exposed newborn.


neonatal abstinencesyndrome, methadone, opioids, infant, substance abuse

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