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Number of babies born in withdrawal from prescription painkillers is on the rise

Posted April 27, 2015, 4:11 pm, Updated October 29, 2015, 8:22 pm Claire McCarthy, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Each year, an alarming number of babies born in the United States spend their first few days withdrawing from drugs, often prescription painkillers their mothers took during their pregnancies. This problem, called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), has increased fourfold since 2004, according to a report published online yesterday in The New England Journal of…

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