Hardened doctors and nurses looked on in horror as the little baby who, just seconds before had been in the sanctuary of her mother’s womb, tremble with uncontrollable ferociousness, her screams so high-pitched they pinched at the eardrums of all in the room. They were witnessing a newborn suffering from the terrible Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
This was not the first time these dedicated health professionals had witnessed such an event, the little baby was in-fact just one of hundreds of babies born in Scotland suffering from “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” (NAS) caused by the passing of drugs from the mother to her unborn child during pregnancy.
The disturbing symptoms described above are unfortunately, not alone, the baby will, in many cases, suffer from convulsions, seizures, continued irritability, extreme nasal congestion, apnea to mention just a few.
Furthermore, some of these babies, born from mothers who have continued their drug use, throughout their pregnancy will develop long-term health problems.
The horrifying circumstances described above are just the tip of the iceberg. Close to 600 newborns have started their life, addicted to drugs, the same drugs their mothers had used throughout pregnancy since 2015, with the worst figures emanating from the greater Glasgow and Clyde area, reporting 178 cases over the past three years.
Authors note: This article was not intended to be a down on drug taking mothers. Drug addiction, no matter what it is, can be horrifying and can only be alleviated by tackling drug addiction from its roots.
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Credits and sources: The national health board of Scotland, Wikipedia, BBC.UK, Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrats and NHS Tayside.