Drug dependent mothers, newborns challenge medical providers

Posted April 12, 2011, at 8:54 a.m.

The New York Times features Eastern Maine Medical Center and other hospitals in Maine in this report on the medical treatment of pregnant women who are addicted to prescription painkillers and other drugs.

“In Maine, which has been especially plagued by prescription drug abuse, the number of newborns treated or watched for opiate withdrawal, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, at the state’s two largest hospitals climbed to 276 in 2010 from about 70 in 2005. Hospitals in states including Florida and Ohio reported similar increases, and experts said the numbers were probably higher since pregnant women are rarely tested for drug use and many mothers do not admit to abusing opiates.”

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