KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A group of University of Tennessee journalism students is preparing to screen a documentary meant to shed light on the problem of neonatal abstinence syndrome in East Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( the students’ film, “Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addiction in East Tennessee,” will premiere Thursday evening at the Knox County Health Department.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs when an infant is born addicted to drugs and showing withdrawal symptoms because the mother took drugs during her pregnancy.

The students began work on the film last summer. For months, the group interviewed service providers, faith-based groups, hospital workers and drug-addicted mothers. One interview subject is Brittany Hudson, one of the first women in the state charged under the 2014 fetal assault law.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium of the main health department.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,