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Big surge in births of drug-affected babies

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 23, 2009


Research by a prominent West Australian scientist, Fiona Stanley, has uncovered a surge in the number of births of drug-affected babies.

A study of more than 600,000 children born between 1980 and 2005 hasbaby shown a 40-fold increase in the number of children born with Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome.

That equates to more than 1,000 drug-affected babies born across the country each year.

Professor Stanley says there is a high concentration of Indigenous children born with Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome.

But she says an increasing number of non-Indigenous children, born to older mothers, now dominate the figures.

“The vast majority of these babies were not Aboriginal, but there is a higher rates amongst Aboriginal mothers so certainly being Aboriginal is a risk factor and that’s to do with things that we know that there’s more likely to be living in poor conditions and having substance abuse issues,” she said.

“Interesting as well they are not young these mothers, so there’s not all kids having teenage births and being drug addicts at all and so there are many mothers that are older.”

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