October 10, 2014

Say Many Health Experts

1 Screen Pregnant Women for Drug Abuse

As greater numbers of babies are born with drug dependencies, health officials are calling for screening pregnant women for substance abuse. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., one drug-dependent baby is born every hour in the U.S. More recent statistics show that hospitalizations for the condition are rising precipitously. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, among other health organizations, is calling for verbal drug screening following by a urine test if necessary and agreed upon. But there are dissenters. Some pregnancy rights advocates say that screening may lead to loss of custody rather than treatment. Many drug-dependent babies suffer pain from withdrawal, diarrhea, vomiting and seizures. Long-term effects are not known.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: One Drug-Addicted Baby Born Every Hour in US

Tags: Journal of the American Medical Association, Pregnancy, Drug-Addicted Babies, Drug Abuse and Pregnancy, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Infancy

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