U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, recently visited Anchorage, Alaska to raise awareness and learn more from the community about the local opioid crisis. His trip included a tour of the Neonatal Abstinence Evaluation Support & Treatment (NEST) program at Alaska Regional Hospital, which helps babies and their families recovering from substance abuse. Nicolette Dickerohoff, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatal nurse practitioner, said the program provides additional support and education for parents who are recovering from substance abuse. During the visit to NEST, Dr. Adams said providing a non-judgmental and educational space for families helps create a pathway for recovery. “Stigma prevents the pregnant mother that she can come in and ask for help for her and her baby and get the help that she and the baby needs,” Adams said.
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