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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Addicted While Pregnant?
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a condition in which an infant is born into immediate symptoms of drug withdrawal. This condition is most commonly associated in the children of mothers who used opiate drugs during pregnancy.


Five times as many babies are being born addicted to drugs according to a recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). What's just as troubling, according to the researchers responsible for the clinical trial is that very little if anything is being done about the problem.

Some well intentioned health blogs have posted their own suggestions, such as using topical pain relievers instead of narcotics while pregnant. However, solutions like these only serve to help those who develop their addictions after becoming pregnant.

The scientists went on to lament in a corresponding editorial the fact that these poor babies' first experience of the world is the intense pain and discomfort associated with narcotic and in particular opioid withdrawals.
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