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Study: Skyrocketing Increase in Drug-Addicted Newborns

Study: Skyrocketing Increase in Drug-Addicted Newborns

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By    |   Thursday, 11 August 2016 08:59 PM EDT

The number of babies born with a dependence on drugs increased 300 percent between 1999 and 2013, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.

The report, based on statistics from 28 states, says the newborns come out of the womb suffering from "neonatal abstinence syndrome" (NAS) and experience withdrawal at birth.
Those withdrawal symptoms are horribly physical and include seizures, respiratory problems, vomiting, diarrhea, and feeding difficulties.

"The findings underscore the importance of state-based public health programs to prevent unnecessary opioid use and to treat substance use disorders during pregnancy, as well as decrease the incidence of NAS," said Jean Y. Ko, the study’s lead author.

"NAS is an indicator of the nation's broader opioid epidemic. It is a concerning condition and trend."

NAS is triggered by fetal exposure to prescription drugs and such illegal substances as heroin.

In another recent study the CDC said heroin addiction among women doubled from 2011 to 2014 and use of prescription opioids almost quadrupled from 1999 and 2014.

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The number of babies born with a dependence on drugs increased 300 percent between 1999 and 2013, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.
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