The tide may be starting to turn on the number of drug-dependent babies in Tennessee. After an alarming 5-year rise, the number of infants going through withdrawals from opioids is down by more than a quarter from the same point last year.
180 Health Partners, a Nashville-based behavioral health company battling the opioid epidemic, has raised $8 million to fund its expansion and help mothers and newborns in more states.
180 Health Partners, led by CEO Justin Lanning, provides access to medical and behavioral health care to pregnant mothers struggling with opioid use and helps them give birth to healthy babies.
Tiffany Hall of Johnson City, Tenn., has been on both sides of the glass in the neonatal intensive care unit — first as a nurse, then as a mother.
“I worked with the babies born into addiction. I knew what could happen. I knew what was going to happen," Hall says.
When a mother is on heroin, high-powered pain pills or even prescribed drugs meant to step down off opioids, her child can be born with a condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome. NAS continues to afflict more and more newborns in Tennessee, which has one of the highest rates in the country.
Melanie McCarter is about to start a job doing what she loves: helping women find the right resources to get, and stay, clean so they can have a healthy life.
McCarter, a mom of a 15-month-old son, will start next month at 180 Health Partners — a new company focused on providing collaborative, multidisciplinary care for pregnant women who are addicted to opioids that is attracting high-profile investors and board members.