Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy – William Cooper, MD – Vanderbilt University

The use of prescription opioids among pregnant women and the rates of neonatal opioid withdrawal, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or NAS, has risen in several countries. Recent studies have suggested that the incidence of NAS in the US has risen to 6 in every 1,000 births, or an average of one infant born with NAS every 25 minutes.

Dr. William Cooper is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the studies of prescription drugs during pregnancy and unanticipated effects for infants and the studies of psychotropic medications and potential adverse effects for children and adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Cooper here.