Doctors say a growing number of innocent babies are victims of their mothers’ addictions to painkillers!
Mothers who are addicted to prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin are not only harming themselves — they’re creating addicts out of their innocent babies. According to USA Today, the number of drug-exposed babies is rapidly growing across the country — it’s become a severe problem!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic, and it’s the fastest-growing drug problem in the country!
“I’m scared to death this will become the crack-baby epidemic,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said. Florida is the center of the illegal prescription drug trade, where the number of babies with withdrawal has increased from 354 in 2006 to a shocking 1,374 in 2010!
National statistics on the exact number aren’t available, according to USA Today, but scattered reports claim the number of addicted newborns has doubled, tripled or more over the past decade!
These poor babies are exposed to drugs for months in the rooms, then experience withdrawal within days of being born! And it’s so hard on the innocent children — they scream, twitch, vomit, have trouble breathing and eating, and rub their noses until they bleed!
It’s the newborn equivalent of an adult who goes off the drugs cold turkey,” Lewis Rubin, director of newborn services at Tampa General Hospital explained. “It’s really horrible to see these kids. They look in so much pain.”
Doctors give the babies narcotics and sedatives to help ease their comfort, but they’re basically re-addicting them to dangerous drugs such as morphine and methadone! It takes weeks to gradually withdraw the babies from the drugs.
“The epidemic of drug-addicted newborns really follows exactly from the spread of the pill mills, the ability to buy prescription drugs like OxyContin on the street, to get them on the Internet,” Lewis said. “It’s staggering to think of the financial, emotional and social costs of this problem.”
This is such a disturbing issue! What do you think is the solution, HollyMoms?
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