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Addiction & Motherhood: The Impact Of The Opioid Crisis On Pregnant Women & Those Caring For Them

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A recent anonymous $3 million donation to help pregnant women and their babies fight addiction highlights the challenges, and costs, of caring for this population. Mothers and their newborns face specific hurdles when it comes to addiction, and hospitals and care centers have struggled to adapt to meet those needs.  


  • Dr. Alison Holmes - Pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, where she is working on a study on babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). 
  • Michele Merritt - Senior Vice President at New Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare policy in New Hampshire. 
  • Michelle Spurling - A new mother who is in recovery from an opioid addiction with plans to be a recovery coach. She was a resident at Hope on Haven Hill during her pregnancy. 
  • Courtney Gray Tanner - Executive Director at Hope on Haven Hill, a substance use treatment organization for homeless, pregnant, and newly parenting mothers in recovery. 

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