Chronic Pain — 15 May 2013

bigstock-Painkillers-97670By Richard Lenti

Dozens of state attorney generals are asking the Food and Drug Administration to issue a “black box” warning about the danger of pregnant women using opioid painkillers. A recent study found that opioids can cause neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when infants suddenly lose their opioid drug supply at birth.

“We write to you today out of concern for the health and well-being of newborn children. The opioid epidemic has taken the lives of many of our citizens and has affected nearly everyone in this nation, including newborn children,” the letter from 43 states attorney general to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg states.

The primary cause of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is maternal opiate use during pregnancy.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

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