Opioid crisis: Road to recovery for moms and their babies

MADISON (WKOW) — A program to help combat the opioid crisis is marking just over a year helping women as they go through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Researchers with the National Institute on Drug Abuse say the number of pregnant women using opioids in the U.S. has quadrupled in the past 15 years. In 2014, an estimated 32,000 babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, known as NAS. That was a more than 5-fold increase since 2004.

In addition to that syndrome, opioid use disorder during pregnancy can stunt a baby’s growth, lead to a premature birth or even death, according to health experts.