‘Baby addicts’ on the rise in Indiana
Posted on Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 9:28 am by Williams Hart
A report published in The Herald Bulletin on November 19 states that the number of drug dependent babies born in Indiana has recently been surprisingly high.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition in which babies demonstrate withdrawal signs and symptoms while being weaned off from addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Illicit or prescription drugs taken by expecting mothers may pass through the placenta and reach the baby during pregnancy, causing him/her to be ‘addicted’.
The Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, a group of medical and legal experts from Indiana, is concerned the number of babies with NAS in Indiana is reaching an epidemic level.
The task force aims to push a legislative measure that would ensure a more intensive monitoring of pregnant women who are using drugs that can cause NAS. The task force also hopes to create a law that will provide protection to mothers who voluntarily seek medical treatment for their addictions.
Unfortunately, there is a strong link between Zoloft and NAS. If you believe your baby is suffering from withdrawal or other problems because of Zoloft, our lawyers from Williams Hart can help you understand your options for filing a legal claim. Learn more about how we can help by calling (713) 352-7071 today.