Babies born addicted to drugs
The number of babies born addicted to drugs has quadrupled in just one decade across the United States amid a ‘heroin epidemic’, figures show. According to research, every 25 minutes, a newborn arrives suffering from extreme withdrawal symptoms from the heroin, methadone, painkillers, or cocaine that their mothers continued using throughout pregnancy.
A study done by the University of Michigan estimates that 13,539 babies are born with NAS [Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome] each year. Neonatal abstinence syndrome happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in the womb before birth. A baby can then go through drug withdrawal after birth. Some examples of opiates that cause Neonatal Alcohol Syndrome are codeine and hydrocodone, morphine, or oxycodone. The street drug heroine is also an opioid that causes NAS. When a woman takes these kinds of drugs during pregnancy, they can pass through the placenta and cause serious problems for the baby.
Babies that are born with Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome experience horrible symptoms. Newborns may experience tremors, irritability, sleep problems, constant high-pitched crying, hyperactive reflexes, seizures and many more symptoms. This all begins with the doctors who are prescribing these medications and getting them out on the streets for children and adults alike to abuse and become addicted to.
Doctors have been arrested by the hundreds of thousands recently for abusing their right to write prescriptions for these drugs. Despite the arrests that are being made, this problem is continuing to grow quickly and we are seeing increases of babies being born addicted to drugs.
Unfortunately, things are only getting worse, and with the street heroine epidemic now growing bigger and faster than ever, there is no end in sight. With these startling statistics, we need to make a change for the better. There is a way out. There is light at the end of the tunnel. If you or a loved one are suffering with alcoholism or addiction, please contact us to help save you or your loved ones life. 844-828-9288
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