ERIC Number: ED098473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Neonatal Narcotic Dependence. Report Series 29, No. 1.
National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information.
This brief report from the National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information is intended to give the general public an overview of the subject of neonatal narcotic dependence. It discusses the problems which the addicted mother and her baby present hospital staffs as they relate to improper postnatal care and infant mortality rates. The report reviews the diagnostic methods for determining addiction in newborns as well as the treatment processes. The controversy over methadone treatment for heroin addiction is also discussed in light of the severity of withdrawal symptoms. One definite conclusion reached in the report is that a narcotic-dependent woman can give birth to a baby who is dependent on narcotics. If the dependence is severe enough and the baby is untreated, its life can be endangered. These facts alone indicate the need for further research in this area. (Author/PC)
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Drug Abuse, Identification, Infants, Information Dissemination, Medical Services, Pregnancy, Research Projects
National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information, P. O. Box 1908, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information.