Trend: More Babies Born Addicted to Prescription Painkillers

CNN.com is reporting on new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a growing number of babies born addicted to prescription medications because their mothers took the drugs during pregnancy.

The CDC study focused on Florida, where 635 addicted babies were born in the first half of 2010 alone.  The trend is a change from the longstanding problem of babies born addicted to crack cocaine.

“We saw the number of crack babies that died, and this is just another version of that,” Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told CNN. “We all need to be concerned.”

Medical professionals say that prescription painkiller addiction can have similar effects on babies as cocaine and other illegal drugs.

“They go through withdrawal symptoms,” said Mary Osuch, the head nurse at Broward General Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. “They’re crampy, miserable. They sweat. They can have rapid breathing. Sometimes, they can even have seizures.”

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  1. by Tanya

    On July 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    This really isn’t new, sadly. I live in fl, and in my county we have these lovely papers that come out every week featuring the mug shots and charges of the prior week’s arrestees. Probably 85% of the people in there are arrested for pill-related charges. I work in a peds office and the number of babies we have coming in that are methadone babies is shocking. These poor kids half the time have to be on specialized formula amongst other things. My question is why these mothers are allowed to keep their babies when we call cps because mom brings baby in and mom is high as a kite. Disgusting.

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