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Drug addiction is often associated with adults and sometimes teenagers dealing with some form of problem or another. However, according to in a Mama Mia report, newborns are now becoming addicts, too, and their numbers are on the rise.
According to a Perth Now report, “the number of babies born with drug addiction is soaring, with Western Australia’s specialized withdrawal clinic for babies recording the highest number in six years.”
In fact in Western Australia alone, the number of infants treated for drug withdrawal symptoms has risen to 125 cases compared to 98 in the previous years, says the Department of Health.
“Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a generalized disorder presenting a clinical picture of drug withdrawal in the infant,” said the guidelines of the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH).
The withdrawal symptoms are caused by a variety of drugs such as opiates, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, and alcohol used by mothers.
The KEMH guidelines state: “With less certainty, abnormal neurobehavioral patterns have also been reported in newborn infants of mothers with high intakes of marijuana, volatile substances, caffeine and the new SSRI antidepressants.”
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