You Hear About Babies Born Addicted To Drugs, But Most Stories Tell The Tales Of Babies Born Addicted To Illegal Street Drugs. What About Babies Born Addicted To Prescription Drugs?
You hear about babies born addicted to drugs, but most stories tell the tales of babies born addicted to illegal street drugs. What about babies born addicted to prescription drugs?
You hear about babies born addicted to drugs, but most stories tell the tales of babies born addicted to illegal street drugs. What about babies born addicted to prescription drugs? Health officials are becoming increasingly worried about babies born addicted to prescription drugs. Health records in Florida indicate that 635 babies were born addicted to prescription drugs in Florida during the first six months of 2010. According to an article on CNN, "South Florida doctors and intensive care nurses report an dramatic uptick in babies born hooked on pills that their mothers abused while pregnant." In fact, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy says that babies being born addicted to prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem our country faces. That's disturbing. "They go through withdrawal symptoms," said head nurse Mary Osuch, of Broward General Medical Center's neonatal ICU. "They're crampy, miserable. They sweat. They can have rapid breathing. Sometimes, they can even have seizures." (via CNN) To beat an addiction to prescription drugs, pregnant women should be weaned off of them under medical supervision versus stopping suddenly. If they stop using drugs quickly, the baby will experience withdrawals while still in the womb. If you're pregnant and abusing prescription drugs, please talk to your health care provider. Don't think that they're safe simply because they're not street drugs. Prescription drug abuse is harmful to a growing fetus.