Drug withdrawal among babies rising 'due to prescription of opioids for mothers'

April 14, 2015 3:06 PM

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Drug withdrawal among babies rising 'due to prescription of opioids for mothers'

In 2012, an estimated 259 million prescriptions were written for opioid pain relievers in the US - enough for one prescription for every American adult.

The new study - conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, and published in the journal Pediatrics - shows that opioid pain relievers such as hydrocone are commonly being prescribed to pregnant women, resulting in an elevated risk for neonatal abstinence syn...

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