A two-year-old Nashville company that works with pregnant mothers battling opioid addiction has closed on an $8 million funding round to take its services beyond the Volunteer State.
An analysis from Blue Cross Blue Shield of its members found that from 2010 to 2016, the number of people diagnosed with an addiction to opioids -- including both legal prescription drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illicit drugs -- climbed 493%.
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States
About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.
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).