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More Babies Born With Drug Dependency in Southern States

More Babies Born With Drug Dependency in Southern States

Just seconds after baby Leopoldo Bautista was born he was overcome with tremors, suffering from the pain that accompanies drug withdrawal. Bautista’s mother, Samantha Adams, knows this feeling all too well, she is being treated for her heroin addiction along with her newborn son, as reported by USA Today.

Adams is undergoing methadone treatment, a drug that treats mild to severe pain that is caused by drug addiction and treatment for drug addiction. Adams, as well as her son, are being treated with methadone. She reminisces the memory of the pain she experienced while craving for heroin as she witnessed her new baby go through the same unfortunate events that she had.

More and more babies are being born suffering from drug deficiency because of prenatal use of prescription painkillers and heroin. Babies who faced these cases throughout the nation increased fourfold from 2004 to 2013. Anywhere from 27 out of 1,000 babies enter the NICU, according to a study found in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nationally this epidemic has increased twice as much in four years with one drug dependent baby born every 25 recorded in 2012, according to research done by Vanderbilt University.  The university accounts that these dependency cases result in over a million dollars in health care charges yearly.

Allegedly, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is most prevalent in the cluster of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky.

“The seemingly never-ending increase every year is so frustrating to see. It’s a horrible thing to spend the first days of your life in agony,” says executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, as quoted by USA Today.

Infants suffering from drug deficiency have symptoms of frequently crying deafeningly loud, vomiting, diarrhea, having trouble feeding, mild fevers, seizures, and sometimes respiratory pain if they are born prematurely. The babies treatment includes decreasing dosages of morphine and comforting the baby through swaddling and rocking.

If you know anyone suffering from the disease of addiction to drugs and or alcohol and they are seeking assistance contact Drug Rehab Nashville or call their help hotline (615)348-5866


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