“Between 2009 and 2012, the number of babies born in the US with neonatal abstinence syndrome – symptoms of drug withdrawal – almost doubled. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Perinatology.
For their study, lead author Dr. Stephen Patrick and colleagues from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN; set out to see how the rise in the use of prescription opioids has impacted the number of babies in the US born with NAS.
In order to gather information on incidence of NAS in the US, the team analyzed 2009-12 data from two national databases – the Kids’ Inpatient Database and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.
The researchers found that during the 4-year period, the number of babies born with NAS almost doubled, from 3.4 births per 1,000 in 2009 to 5.8 births per 1,000 in 2012 – the equivalent to one baby born with NAS every 25 minutes.
On assessing the incidence of NAS since 2000, the team found it has increased by almost fivefold.
Commenting on these results, senior author Dr. William Cooper says: “The findings of this study demonstrate that neonatal abstinence syndrome is a growing public health problem in the United States and places a tremendous burden on babies, their families, and the communities in which they live.”
Read more at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/293318.php?tw
See related article: Congress Should Act On Treatment For Drug-Dependent Newborns from the Boston Globe available at: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/05/04/congress-should-act-treatment-for-drug-addicted-newborns/wIw6uCen0h5xx5HPmaj52J/story.html
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Source: MedicalNewsToday.com – May 3, 2015