This is alarming.
More babies born addicted to painkillers
WASHINGTON: Prescription painkiller abuse among mothers-to-be has driven up the rate of babies born in the United States with opiate addiction almost threefold in a decade, said a US study.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a five-fold increase in maternal use of painkillers from 2000 to 2009, rising from 1.19 cases per 1,000 births to 5.63 per 1,000 annually.
Not all babies - between 60-80% - born to drug-using mothers develop neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which can include breathing problems, tremors and seizures, feeding difficulties, low birthweight and irritability.
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