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Drugs During Labor Make Future Addicts

Monday, 17 November 2008 18:40
Scientists have discovered that women who take pain medication during labor may be upping their children's odds of future drug dependency.

The study compared 69 drug-abusing subjects with 33 of their siblings who did not abuse drugs. Subjects whose mothers took three or more doses of opiates or barbiturates during childbirth were 4.7 times more likely to develop drug abuse problems than were subjects whose mothers did not rely on pain medication during their birth.

Nyber K, Buka SL, Lipsitt LP Perinatal medication as a potential risk factor for adult drug abuse in a North American cohort Epidemiology 2000 (Nov);11(6):715-716