Opioids during pregnancy bring significant risks

Over the past 20 years, opioids have become increasingly popular. The most common types of opioids include hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and morphine. Opioids are generally used for pain relief, and they are very effective.

However, opioids can cause serious problems for pregnant women and their unborn children. There is nothing more important to parents than their children, so it is critical to learn about the risks and avoid using opioids during pregnancy.

Kids Suffer the Effects of Addiction

Children born from parents using opioids have been receiving the opioids from their mothers during pregnancy. During the pregnancy, the children are acquiring the same types of chemical addictions to opioids that any adult would experience.

One of the most common symptoms of addiction is the withdrawal symptoms that come from discontinuing the source of the addiction.

Withdrawal is challenging for adults; it can be catastrophic for infants.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the official name for the suffering infants endure due to opioid addiction at birth.

In addition to short-term pain and suffering, addiction infants can suffer long-term effects that include:

  • Mental illness
  • Developmental problems
  • Physical developmental problems
  • Illnesses
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Other serious problems

What Can You Do to Protect Your Child?

First of all, do not take opioids during pregnancy. By avoiding the cause of the problem in the first place, you will not have to worry about a child with an opioid addiction.

If you have been prescribed opioids during pregnancy and your child has suffered serious problems as a result, talk with an attorney right away. Any doctor should know the risks and should not have put you on those dangerous drugs while you were pregnant.

It is important to get legal help. Do not try to handle your legal case alone. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to help you through the legal process and will be able to get you the best compensation award possible.

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