Oxy abuse trend leading to opiate-addicted babies

Newborns being born addicted to painkillers is yet another disturbing trend stemming from the rampant abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opiates such as OxyContin. According to this article from the New York Times, babies born addicted to these drug pose new challenges, since the long-term effects of opiate addiction aren’t clear. Though infants experience painful withdrawals for their first few weeks of life and treating them is expensive, it’s also dangerous for a woman to stop using the drugs suddenly during pregnancy.

Read about birth defects caused by opiate abuse here.

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Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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