Number of babies born withdrawing from opiates skyrockets
The number of babies born addicted to opiates is skyrocketing. That’s according to new research released this week.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA. It shows a sharp increase in newborns being treated for withdrawal of opiates like Codeine, Vicodin and Heroin. The number of cases has increased 5-fold in the last 10 years. Specialists at Sharp Mary Birch say they see a few cases a month. Babies going through withdrawal are usually treated with small doses of methadone or morphine and could have to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for months. Pregnant woman are encouraged to talk to their doctors before taking any medication.