Updated American Academy of Pediatric Guidelines for Treating Babies Exposed to Drugs in the Womb

About one percent of pregnant women report recreational use of opioid painkillers like Oxycontin, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health, a number that has stayed constant since 2003. The new treatment guidelines that were published on January 30 in the journal Pediatrics recommends that pregnant women addicted to prescription pain relievers or heroin should be maintained on either methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex). These recommendations are in line with prior consensus documents from the National Institutes on Health and World Health Organization.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/30/updated-guidelines-for-treating-babies-exposed-to-drugs-in-the-womb/

Free access to the Pediatrics article is available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/2/e540.full.pdf+html

Source: Healthland.time.com – January 30, 2012

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