Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Open Access)
Colby College. Science, Technology and Society Program
James R. Fleming
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a Maine epidemic. In addition to having medical repercussions, NAS is intrinsically linked to social, political and economic factors. NAS is a conglomeration of symptoms, short-term and long-term, that affect a child that has been exposed to opioids in utero. These factors that impact NAS are interdependent. The past decade is characterized by a dramatic rise in NAS cases in Maine. This paper explores the social, political and economic landscape surrounding NAS in an effort to describe fully the syndrome’s effect on both individuals and the community as a whole.
opiate, addiction, withdrawal, Methadone Maintenance Therapy, infant, psychological distress
Recommended CitationAvidan, Olivia, "The Growing Crisis in Maine: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome" (2015). Honors Theses. Paper 765.
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