Opioid Addiction in Pregnant Women Increasing

Between 1999 and 2014 the rate of pregnant women addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers more than quadrupled. This alarming fact was reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

A Rising Problem

Opioid use during pregnancy can negatively affect the health of both the mother and child. Consequences can be a preterm labor, long-term health consequences for the child, and even the death of the mother or baby. Despite these potential consequences, the rate of opioid use disorder diagnoses went up a full 333 percent nationwide (although the data is only available in 30 states).

Poor Care

Children of parents addicted to opioids can face many problems. They can face health problems including tremors and rapid breathing. They may also have trouble eating properly and cry often. They may also suffer from ineffective parenting and fail to achieve proper nutrition, supervision, and grow up in a household with an absence of nurturing.

This results in a rising number of children needing to be removed from their parents and placed into shelters or foster care.

Seek Help

If you are an expecting mother and using opioids, it is your absolute responsibility to seek help from professionals immediately. Your unborn child may already have to live for the rest of their life with the consequences of your addiction, so action must be taken to minimize and manage that as early as possible. The good news is that there are drug rehab centers in South Florida and throughout the rest of the state and country who are ready and willing to help you detox safely. We can also work with you to develop a long-term solution to find ways of managing your pain and provide as safe and secure an environment for your child as possible. Please call us now at (844) 299-0618, for your sake and your child’s.


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