StoryCorps-Cook-Saunders“These babies were carrying the flag of the substance abuse problem in the United States…”
Friends Kyle Cook and Carla Saunders, both neonatal nurse practitioners at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, talk about their pioneering work specializing in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – newborns experiencing withdrawals related to their mothers’ substance use.
The following version of this StoryCorps interview aired on National Public Radio Saturday, September 16, 2017. To learn more or download script, click here.

Original interview, produced by Dan Collison was recorded by StoryCorps at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, March 28-31, 2016. To learn more about StoryCorps, visit their website at