Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Babies born addicted is on the rise

More babies are born addicted to painkillers

babies-born-addicted-195×180.jpgBabies who are born addicted to drugs is on the rise. A study carried out between the year 2000 and 2009 revealed that the number of babies born addicted to drugs is three times more than it was 10 years ago.

Researchers from the University of Michigan tested 14 million children and adults during this time phase. The drugs which these babies are addicted to are both legal and illegal substances. More mums-to-be are using drugs and subsequently harming their babies.

Some of the substances used include, heroin, morphine and oxycontin. Not only are these drugs causing addiction in the babies, but the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is increased.

The syndrome includes risks of the baby being underweight, having respiratory problems, seizures and having a longer hospital stay, due to the various procedures and tests needed on the baby.

The long term affects of NAS on children have not yet been identified, but the University of Michigan saw an increase in the cost of treating a child with NAS by 35% in 10 years. Reuters Health are concerned about expecting mums abusing prescription medication, such as painkillers.

It is worrying how much the use of painkillers in expectant mums has risen, so much so that it is no longer the use of illegal drugs which dominates the findings of this study.

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