Brigid’s Path, a new facility specializing in the treatment of drug-addicted babies, recently opened in Kettering, Ohio. The facility will fill a major need in the area, with an average of six babies admitted to Ohio hospitals each day for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Ohio hospitals treated more than 2,000 drug-addicted babies as the opioid epidemic grew, but the Kettering center soon will offer infants and families help as the state’s first crisis care nursery. Dr. Stephen Hunter, a MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Brigid’s Path’s medical director, said that depending on the opioid used by a mother, a baby’s withdrawal will typically begin within the first 48 hours of life but may stretch to 96 hours.
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