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More Babies Born Drug Dependent
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"These medications provide superior pain control for cancer and chronic pain, but have been overprescribed, diverted, and sold illegally, creating a new opiate addiction pathway and a public health burden for maternal and child health," Marie J. Hayes, PhD, a University of Maine psychologist, and Mark Brown, MD, a Bangor, Maine, pediatrician, write in an editorial accompanying Patrick's study. Generally, babies born in withdrawal are treated with oral morphine or methadone, Patrick says, but surveys show that treatment varies around the country. On average, the cost of treating each of these babies was $53,400 in 2009, a 35% increase over 2000, although...

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