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The most common substances women use when pregnant are cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol, methamphetamines, cocaine, and opiates/narcotics. When pregnant women take opiate/narcotic medications (which may be prescribed for cough or pain) or illicit drugs, babies may develop Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) within days (usually 2-5 days) after being born. Examples of narcotics include Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Buprenorphine, Methadone, Codeine, Morphine, and Heroin.These babies suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as fever, seizures, high pitched crying, breathing problems, shaking/tremors, sneezing, difficulty feeding, vomiting, diarrhea, diaper rash, sweating, nasal stuffiness, and sensitivity to sounds and light. In many cases, doctors treat these newborns with oral morphine. Approximately 9 out of every 1,000 Montana babies born in 2013 were diagnosed with NAS - an increase of 10 times the amount in the year 2000, and higher than the national average. In addition, newborns with NAS may require longer and more costly hospital stays, with treatments costing as much as ten times the amount of a healthy birth. But there is hope. There are many ways to help women of child-bearing age and expectant mothers decrease, or eliminate drug withdrawal for their baby.