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Pregnancy and Painkiller Addiction
Today opioid painkillers are widely abused by people in all age groups which include teenagers and young adults. Many woman have are addicted to painkillers and become pregnant and continue abusing them throughout their pregnancy. Prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin are very powerful and addictive narcotics and when abused during pregnancy they're not only dangerous for the mother, but also to their unborn child.
Many babies today are being born to mothers that are addicted to painkillers and their newborn babies are dependent on them as well. USA Today talks about this fast growing problem and how extensive it is. According to the Miami Herald, "Florida leads the nation in the number of newborns addicted to prescription drugs" due to their mothers use of them.
The abuse of prescription drugs is at epidemic levels throughout the United States and unfortunately the users aren't always the only ones affected by them. Many teenagers experiment with prescription drugs today not realizing just how dangerous they are, or how addictive they can be when misused or abused. There are just as many young and older adults addicted to prescription drugs today and many of them are women still in their childbearing years.
Newborn babies go through withdrawal after they're born if their mothers are addicted to painkillers and they continue to abuse them during pregnancy. It's heartbreaking to think a precious baby that's only a few days old has to be given methadone to treat the effects and symptoms of painkiller addiction.