About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Infants Born With Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Has Doubled Over Last 4 Years in the US

by Vishnuprasad on May 2, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Font : A-A+

Infants Born With Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Has Doubled Over Last 4 Years in the US

The number of infants born in the US with drug withdrawal symptoms has nearly doubled in a four-year period, a new study says. Also termed the neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), the symptoms have been linked to both illicit drug use as well as use of prescription opioids - narcotic pain relievers - by pregnant women.

Infants born with NAS are more likely to have respiratory complications, feeding difficulty, seizures and low birth-weight.

Advertisement

"The rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome mirrors the rise we have seen in opioid pain reliever use across the nation," said study lead author Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of Paediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The study found that from 2009 to 2012, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome rose in the US from 3.4 births per 1,000 to 5.8 births per 1,000. Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama had the highest rates of the syndrome, occurring in 16.2 hospital births per 1,000.
Advertisement

Previous research studies have shown opioid pain reliever use skyrocketing in the past decade. In 2012 alone, physicians in the US doled out an estimated 259 million opioid prescriptions, enough for every American adult to have one bottle.

"Pregnant women are commonly being prescribed opioid pain relievers, increasing the likelihood their infants are born with NAS," Patrick noted.

The study was published in the Journal of Perinatology.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Drug Toxicity Signature Drug Toxicity 

Recommended Reading
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Encyclopedia section of Medindia gives general info about Osteogenesis Imperfecta...
Baby Food - Basics
The healthiest baby foods can be made at home. Products from big brands that claim to develop ......
Choanal Atresia
Choanal atresia is a congenital condition in which respiratory function is impeded because of an ......
Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus is an accumulation of the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Genetic abnormalities and ...
Drug Toxicity
Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a d...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use