Pill mills' effects showing up in neonatal units, doctors say

Mar 24, 2012 Full story: Bradenton.com

On any given day, more than one-third of the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Manatee Memorial Hospital have been exposed to drugs.

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“Chillin at the Bunny Ranch”

Since: Jun 11

Reno Nv.

#1 Mar 25, 2012
May be they should be blaming the expectant mothers for using the pills & not the pain clinics. I guess the pain clinics are also responsible for the Kennedy assassination & the 2 space shuttles that malfunctioned.

Since: Feb 12

Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Mar 25, 2012
One third of babies, huh?

So in 2011, 64 babies at Tampa general were born this way.

Only 192 babies born in a year at the largest hospital within 1.5 hours drive? Really? I don't think so. That's not even one every day.

And then they are trying to tell us that methadone is easier for babies to withdraw on.

I didn't bother to finish reading. Jeez, journalists. I wish they read these comments.

“how far down are we in”

Since: Apr 11

the rabbit's hole?

#3 Mar 25, 2012
Anamya wrote:
One third of babies, huh?
So in 2011, 64 babies at Tampa general were born this way.
Only 192 babies born in a year at the largest hospital within 1.5 hours drive? Really? I don't think so. That's not even one every day.
And then they are trying to tell us that methadone is easier for babies to withdraw on.
I didn't bother to finish reading. Jeez, journalists. I wish they read these comments.
Although I totally agree that media lives to bash pain clinics, they are saying that 1/3 of babies in intensive care were born from mothers taking meds, not a 3rd of all babies.

But yes, like.sonya said, these mothers are the first to blame, and I am pretty sure most docs would not prescribe pregnant women narcotics. I know that a low dosage if methadone (low dose only) is shown to have very little effect on new bourns if any. Obviously, if you are prescribed pain meds for a chronic condition, you can't cold turkey it or you could miscarry. However, getting pregnant and staying on high doses of narcotics is stupid. Then again there are quite a few stupid people around.

Since: Feb 12

Saint Petersburg, FL

#4 Mar 26, 2012
mybackfcknhurts wrote:
Although I totally agree that media lives to bash pain clinics, they are saying that 1/3 of babies in intensive care were born from mothers taking meds, not a 3rd of all babies.
Oh okay, that makes a little more sense... thanks hon.:)
Rehab

Belchertown, MA

#5 Apr 4, 2012
Pregnancy as much as possible should be drug free. But that's not always the case. Doctors should also be proactive in prescribing a better option for pain than taking drugs if they know of the danger.

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