Prescription Drug Addiction Taking a Toll
The Problem Today
From infants being born suffering the severe effects to opioid withdrawal to states claiming these drugs an epidemic, prescription drug addiction is wreaking havoc on communities throughout the country. Back years ago “crack babies” or infants born addicted to crack were common and are still an issue. Addiction treatment facilities still experience a high volume of crack addicted babies, but prescription drugs are now a much more prevalent issue.
Florida drug rehab centers and hospitals are experiencing a high volume of babies being borne withdrawing from drugs according to a recent article at CNN. According to the article just the first 6 months of 2010 brought forth 635 infants addicted to prescription drugs. The babies “go through withdrawal symptoms,” Head Nurse Mary Osuch of Broward General Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit told CNN. “They have cramps, are miserable, they sweat. They can have rapid breathing, and sometimes, they can even have seizures.”
Women and Addiction
Many women will not seek help for fear of losing the babies and medical centers fear losing the baby if withdrawal occurs in the womb. The kicker here is the majority of these drugs are prescribed to pregnant women. Although there is a large amount of prescription drug diversion in Florida with a significant amount of addicts becoming addicted to prescription drugs with legal means and then resorting to illegal means.
As with state like Vermont, in 2010 more people were prosecuted in federal court for trafficking prescription drugs like Oxycodone and other opioids than any other drug. These drugs have accounted for more than half of drug overdoses for six years in row. Surprisingly Vermont ranks second only to Maine for prescription drug addiction treatment admissions.
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Prescription drugs thought to curb heroin (an opiate) and prescription opioid painkillers like methadone and Suboxone are now serious issues for many addicts. These drugs are highly addictive as well and tens of thousands of addicts seek addiction treatment as a result of being prescribed these.
If you or a loved one in your family or among your friends is abusing prescription medication let addictionwatch.com help you and your family today. We have all of the resources needed for the treatment of prescription drug addiction. Contact us today!