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Babies Exposed To Meth In the Womb Have Long Term Problems

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Crystal Meth

Babies Exposed To Meth In the Womb Have Long Term Problems

The first long term study of how using meth during pregnancy affects children found that the drug use can developmentally affect these children.   According to The Washington Post , anxiety, depression, and moodiness were observed more often in children.  The difference was not huge, but still cause for concern.

Meth babies and crack babies share many of the same characteristics, as they are smaller in size and more prone to drowsiness.  The new study was published in Pediatrics, and paid for by The National Institutes For Health, including a grant from The National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Government data indicates that 10 million Americans have used meth, and fewer than 1% of pregnant women are users.

The study tracked from ages 3 to 5, built on the first part of the study that began when these children were born.  The study used  babies whose stool samples had meth present at the time of birth.  The children exposed to meth prenatally showed signs of anxiety, depression, and moodiness from ages 3 to 5.  Older children exposed to meth also had more instances of ADD and ADHD. More than half of the mothers who used meth during pregnancy, also used meth after the children were born.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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