Huge Increase in Infants Addicted to Prescription Drugs

Joined by doctors and nurses at Sisters of Charity Hospital, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer from New York unveiled his three-point plan to combat the alarming trend in Buffalo and nationwide of infants being born addicted to prescription painkillers, known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Schumer’s three-point plan includes: (1) calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide clear labels so that women and doctors know the potential dangers of the medication they’re taking; (2) pushing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to educate doctors so that they’re better able to identify the symptoms of prescription drug abuse; and (3) calling on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do more research that will help future mothers avoid addiction.

Source: – June 11, 2012