Babies Born Addicted to Opiates in the US

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that a baby is born every hour in the United States with withdrawal symptoms from opiates due to the mother being addicted and abusing opiate drugs during the pregnancy.

The 13,500 babies born with the withdrawal symptoms are hospitalized for several weeks as the doctors treat them with morphine or methadone to get them off of the addiction.

(All prescription drug abuse information.)

Source:  Pam Belluck, “Abuse of Opiates Soars in Pregnant Women,” New York Times, April 30, 2012.