For many mothers, pregnancy might be the most exciting time of their lives. After all, the ensuing 9 months entail a time of growth and development and wonderful moments when a mother can bond with her unborn child. In fact, this might be the most important moment in human development altogether. So, imagine how complex and dangerous the situation can become when a woman starts consuming opioid drugs. As disastrous and outrageous as this may sound, pregnant mothers across the United States are consuming deadly painkillers, and their babies are forced to reap the disastrous consequences. In some cases, opioid-dependent infants have unusually small heads, as a recent medical report points out. Why is this the case? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
Poor Brain Growth
According to recent findings published in Pediatrics (December 2018), medical professionals have revealed that opioid use during pregnancy can impact brain growth. Ultimately, expectant mothers who consume these painkillers (including medications like methadone or buprenorphine) will immediately transmit the drugs through their bloodstreams and directly into their babies. As a result, the unborn children will develop opioid dependency and, after birth, will suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (a period of tremors and raspy crying).
Smaller Head, Smaller Brain
As part of the study, medical researchers assessed the head sizes of babies who were born between 2014 and 2016. Overall, 50% of the newborns had neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), while the remaining 50% were perfectly healthy. Ultimately, babies suffering from NAS had significantly heads that were 1 centimeter smaller than those of the healthy babies. Incidentally, doctors believe the smaller heads could signify a smaller brain, which could contribute to the debate about how opioids impact neurological growth.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Opioids are extremely potent and dangerous drugs that have a high risk for abuse and addiction and can be particularly dangerous for both adults and teens alike. However, as we have seen in recent reports, some victims who suffer from the brunt of the Opioid Crisis are babies, who are exposed to these dangerous drugs in utero and are born with a severe sickness called neonatal abstinence syndrome. Do not let opioids take control of your life.
Are you suffering from a severe case of opioid addiction? Do you have a friend or a family member who is coping with one of these issues, as well? On both accounts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward combating the Opioid Crisis.