​Painkiller Addiction On The Rise In Newborns

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May 2, 2012

In a new study released on Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it shows that an addiction to painkiller additions are on the rise in newborns, and the withdrawals can become dangerous.

Painkiller Addiction In Newborns

Researchers have found that the number of babies being born today, are being delivered with signs of opiate drug withdrawals, due to the increase of use.

These mothers are taking Vicodin or OxyContin while pregnant.

In fact, there are some babies being born as heroin addicts as well.

Researchers say that the increase has happened in just the last decade, from 1 in 1,000 newborns being sent home with symptoms of withdraws from these drugs in 2000 to 3 in every 1,000 in 2009.

The study found that 13,000 American babies overall were born in 2009 alone with an addiction.

Due to the intensive treatment to cure a baby born with an addiction, which includes squirting small doses of prescription methadone into its mouth to ween it off the drugs, hospital costs have risen drastically in the last 10 years.

In 2000 hospitals charged $190 million for the treatment of newborn addictions, in 2009 that figure was $720 million.

Symptoms of a withdrawal baby are constant crying, diarrhea, and feeding problems.

More serious signs are breathing problems, low birth weights, and seizures.