Pregnant Mothers Need Online Drug Class

by Mike Miller November 25, 2011

Add fetuses to the growing list of those addicted to prescription medication. No, that is not a typo, and really should come as no surprise.

Medical authorities are witnessing explosive growth in the number of newborn babies hooked on prescription painkillers, innocent victims of their mothers' addictions.

National statistics on the number of babies who go through withdrawal are not available, and states with the worst problems have only begun to collect data. Scattered reports show the number of addicted newborns has doubled, tripled or more over the past decade. In Florida, the epicenter of the illicit prescription drug trade, the number of babies with withdrawal syndrome soared from 354 in 2006 to 1,374 in 2010, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

In response to the growing severity of the problem, the American Academy of Pediatrics convened a committee this year to revise its treatment guidelines for the babies. The new guidelines are set to be published next year.

The trend reflects how deeply rooted abuse of powerful narcotics, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, has become. Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I'm scared to death this will become the crack-baby epidemic," says Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Last month, she asked the state Legislature to establish a task force to compile data on drug-exposed babies and develop prevention strategies.

Anyone who lived through that epidemic knows we have to take serious precautions when pregnant. Hopefully, pregnant mothers will cease using prescription medications and keep their fetuses healthy. A good online drug class is a good place to start and learn about the dangers of prescription painkillers.

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