Care For Pregnant Women Addicted To Opioids Is Focus Of New Nashville Health System
In other news on regional efforts to combat the drug abuse epidemic, Columbus, Ohio, plans for a new recovery high school.
Nashville Startup Strives To Protect Babies From Opioid Abuse
180 Health, based in Brentwood, will start working in January with some of the companies that administer TennCare to identify women who are at risk for having babies with [neonatal abstinence syndrome], and getting them connected with either detox or tapering and other community resources.180 Health’s goal is to reduce the number of babies born dependent, and help the women stay clean after giving birth so they and their family can have healthier lives. The company will work with obstetricians under TennCare to identify addicted women and assist them with getting into detox or tapering programs to get them off opioids before the baby is born. (Fletcher, 11/26)
Plans For ‘Recovery High School’ Take Root In Central Ohio
An Ohio State University recovery advocate and others want to fill a gap in central Ohio by forming a high school that would be open only to adolescents who are working to overcome drug and alcohol addictions. Such “recovery high schools” provide young people with a space that sets them up to succeed both academically and in their pursuit of a clean lifestyle, said Sarah Nerad, who is among those spearheading the effort. (Viviano, 11/28)