ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana medical and legal experts are urging lawmakers
to pass new regulations to reduce the number of babies born with drug
Studies show the number of newborns with opiate drug withdrawal has more
than tripled over the last decade. Natalie Robinson of the Indiana attorney
general’s office says the problem has reached epidemic levels.
Babies born addicted to drugs like cocaine, marijuana, Vicodin and
barbiturates suffer neonatal abstinence syndrome. They’re given morphine and
kept in the hospital until they are weaned off the drugs.
Withdrawal can make the infants fussy and cause diarrhea, rashes, vomiting
Pediatrician Teri Schulz-Compton tells The Herald Bulletin that the state
needs to provide more education and better mental health services for
pregnant women who take medications or illegal drugs.