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New Study Shows, More Babies Born Drug Dependent - One Every Hour
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  Since 2009, over 13 thousand babies were born with drug withdrawal symptoms and this number continues to grow each year, putting it at a rate of one baby per hour.  "We were surprised by the magnitude of the increase," says researcher Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Michigan.   So, what is drug dependence? And are babies growing more addicted to drugs? Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, disabling them from leading a normal and healthy lifestyle. This dependence leads to withdrawal symptoms if...

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Opioid Addiction Crisis: Harvard Medical Students Request Better Training
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img source: Michael Dykstra   Back in March, The White House asked medical schools to sign a pledge to require students to learn new federal guidelines for safe opioid prescription use. “We are over 10 years into this epidemic, and I don’t think we’ve seen a robust enough response from the medical community,” said Michael Botticelli, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Ted Parran of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine has taught remedial courses for doctors who tend to over-prescribe painkillers. He’s taught this for over 20 years!   Last November, Governor Charlie...

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Neos Therapeutics: Dissolvable Amphetamine Drug for Kids
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img source: neos therapeutics   Recently, the CDC has raised concerns with over-medicating children with ADHD.   Enter Adzenys – a new medication in this ADHD market. This new dissolvable pill aimed directly at children for its ease-of-use and orange-flavoring is concerning doctors and parents due to the fact that the medication is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, and the drug’s main selling point of “ease-of-use” may facilitate abuse. With such a widespread use of stimulants being used in today’s society, many in the medical community insist that creating an ODT (orally disintegrating tablet) version of an ADHD drug is a...

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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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