Comments for: UMaine student studies methadone’s effect on infants

Posted March 22, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
Last modified March 22, 2012, at 3:47 p.m.

ORONO | Life gets off to a rough start for babies born to drug-dependent women, even when their mothers’ addiction is clinically managed with methadone during pregnancy. Born with their own chemical dependency, approximately 70 percent of these babies spend weeks in intensive care being treated for a cluster …

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  • Anonymous

    Anyone that is on Methadone should also be required to take birth control at the same time, period.

    • Anonymous

      keep in mind that many pregnant women come to methadone treatment under the recommendation of their doctors, so that by avoiding opiate withdrawals, their babies will survive.

    • Anonymous

      Fortunately, that would be unconstitutional.

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunetly, that wouldn’t stop alot of people

  • Anonymous

    “Maine Infant Follow-Up Project show that well-managed maternal methadone therapy is not associated with developmental problems in the first year of life, but that frequent methadone increases may be linked with delays in babies’ ability to sit up, crawl and walk, which are important predictors of mental functioning and the ability to learn.”

    My question is, what types of data was used to show that it was ONLY methadone alone that the babies were exposed to for 9 months?
    Were ALL the monthly urine tests from the womens’ clinics reveiwed to see if any were using other drugs ( Rx or illegal)  besides their prescribed methadone?
    If all these women’s urine tests were consistently negative for ALL drugs except their methdone for 9 months, then this study does have some credibility.

    Otherwise the study is flawed.

    We need to compare all apples, not apples and oranges

    • Anonymous

      FYI methadone, a synthetic narcotic, will not show up on a drug test

      •  It certainly will, in fact the methadone clinics test the patients to make sure they are taking their methadone.

        • Anonymous

          Just going by what an emergency room physician told me this morning

          • Anonymous

            Many ER’s don’t test for methadone when a patient comes in and a urine test or blood test is done.
            Many also don’t use the State Prescription Montioring Program either, before dropping a few hydrocodone in the patient’s hand before going back out the door.

        • Anonymous

          My bad, we were talking about something else

          • Anonymous

            yes, the conversation went from prenatal exposure to drugs to the current “Methadone Backlash.”
            Thanks for putting us back on track.

      • Anonymous

        Depends on what drug test is used.
        The standard urine tests used by most methadone clinics show the positive results of the Rx methadone dosed with by patient daily.
        An added plus to this is if the patient has takehome doses, they need to remain positive on the urine tests for their medication, or it implies potential diversion.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for the clarification.

  • Stacy

    Did they rule out cigarettes? That’s a huge factor. Also it’s correlational- it could be those needing increases have other problems in general

    • Anonymous

      Bravo!!! 
      Nicotine is the “Silent Damager” of fetuses.
      There’s a high link to ADD and ADHD with pregnant smokers. Nicotine cuases alot of painful withdrawals in newborns right after birth.
      There can be low birth weight too.
      THOSE things have been studied.

      In a perfect world, fetuses would not be exposed to dangerous chemicals, but this is the real world.

      • Stacy

        I mean did the control for this in the study- I’m guessing majority on methadone smoke..so is it really the methadone

        • Anonymous

           Exactly. The fact that 40% of the babies in the methadone group did not sit and crawl at the same time as the babies in the control group doesn’t necessarily mean that the methadone had anything to do with it. There could very well be other factors at play. As I learned in school – correlation does not indicate causation.

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