Lawsuits have been filed for thousands of babies who were born addicted to opioids and suffered opioid withdrawal after birth, in a condition called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
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Babies Born in Opioid Withdrawal
In the last 10 years, more than 150,000 babies in the U.S. were born addicted to prescription opioids as a result of their mother using opioids during pregnancy. In 2014 alone, around 32,000 babies were born with opioid withdrawal syndrome — or about 1 every 15 minutes.
Opioid Addicted Baby Class Action Lawsuit
At least 13 class action lawsuits have been filed for opioid-addicted babies nationwide. These lawsuits are trying to force drug-makers to pay for the medical bills and long-term treatment for opioid-addicted babies, in a condition called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
What is the Long-Term Risk?
Babies who are born addicted to opioids will suffer through withdrawal in their first few weeks or months of life. This can have devastating long-term effects that require ongoing medical care, such as:
- Birth defects
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
- Behavior problems
- Learning disability
- Speech and hearing problems
- And more
What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a condition that occurs in babies who are born to women who use opioids during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Opioids are medications that include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, methadone, buprenorphine, Fentanyl, hydrocodone, and more.
What Causes NAS?
Opioid medications go into the mother’s bloodstream and pass through the placenta to a developing baby in the womb. The baby becomes just as dependent on the drugs as the mother. After birth, when the baby is no longer getting the drugs, the baby goes through withdrawal as the drugs are slowly cleared from the baby’s system.
Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal in Babies
Babies will show symptoms of opioid withdrawal within 1 to 3 days of birth. They are often very fussy, hard to soothe, and suffer from sleep dysfunction. The symptoms of NAS may include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Excessive crying or high-pitched crying
- Excessive sucking
- Poor feeding
- Sleep problems
- Slow weight-gain
Treatment for Babies with Opioid Addiction
Babies who are born addicted to opioids may need to remain hospitalized for weeks or months as they go through withdrawal. Treatment may include small doses of opioid medication like methadone or morphine to reduce symptoms of withdrawal. These medications are gradually decreased until the baby is not addicted.
Class Action Lawsuits for Opioid Addicted Babies
Lawyers from at least 20 law firms have already filed more than a dozen class action lawsuits on behalf of thousands of opioid-addicted babies, according to the Washington Post. They are seeking a separate trial that could end with pharmaceutical companies paying billions of dollars in a settlement or jury verdict to cover the costs of caring for babies with NAS.
Resources & More Information
- Texas Attorney General Office — Opioid Crisis
- Understanding the Epidemic — CDC
- In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, Case Number 1:17-md-02804
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