5 Babies Show the Sobering Reality of What It’s Like to Be Born Addicted to Drugs
Every 25 minutes, a baby is born addicted to opiates, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The withdrawals these babies have are heartbreaking, and their condition has a name: neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The cause of NAS is a mother who abuses drugs while pregnant, passing that addiction down to her child.
Side effects of NAS include tremors, seizures, vomiting, hyperactive reflexes, high-pitched crying and more.
Here are five babies whose lives were forever changed by drugs, before they were even born:
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