Drug Users Can Pass Down Addiction To Unborn Children

Drug Users Can Pass Down Addiction To Unborn Children


PATHEY’RE WORKING TO GET THE CHURCH READY FOR EASTER SUNDAY. THE VANDALLED — VANDALS ARE DESCRIBED AS TEENAGE BOYS. AND RICK SALLINGER INTRODUCES US TO A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER WHOSE FIRST CHALLENGE IN LIFE WAS GOING THROUGH DRUG WITHDRAWAL. REPORTER: 36 HOURS AFTER SHE ENTERED THIS WORLD, SIA STARTED FEELING THE EFFECTS OF HER MOTHER’S DRUG USE. TREMORS AND SHRILL CRIES AS SHE WENT THROUGH OPIOID WITHDRAWAL. I’M GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT I TELL HER ALL OF THE REALLY UGLY, AWFUL, HORRIBLE THINGS THAT I DON’T EVEN LIKE TO THINK ABOUT MYSELF. REPORTER: HER DRUG HORRORS LED TO SIA’S DIFFICULT START IN LIFE. SHE TICKS OFF LIKE A SHOPPING LIST THE DRUGS SHE POURED INTO HER BODY. OXYCODONE, FENTANYL, MORPHINE, VICODIN, PERCOCET, HEROINE OBVIOUSLY. REPORTER: SHE SAYS THAT TURN TO HEROINE WAS TO HELP AFFORD HER OUT OF THE CONTROL DRUG HABIT. ONE PILL IS LIKE 30 BUCKS. THAT’S CRAZY. ESPECIALLY DOING THREE AT ONCE. REPORTER: WHEN SHELBY LEARNED SHE WAS PREGNANT, SHE SWITCHED TO LEGAL METHODONE AND NOW HER DAUGHTER IS TAKING IT TOO. SHE WAS BORN AT UC HEALTH MEMORIAL CENTRAL IN COLORADO SPRINGS WHERE OPIOID BABIES ARE FAR TOO COMMON. THEIR FIRST HOME IS THE NICU. HERE DR. GARCIA JONES SAYS THERE’S A BIG CHANGE TAKING PLACE. THERE’S A BIG PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE TREATMENT. REPORTER: USING HUGS INSTEAD OF DRUGS TO SOOTH THE BABY. IT WORKS BETTER THAN MEDICATION THAT’S STILL SOMETIMES NEEDED. THE BABIES EMERGE FROM WITHDRAWAL IN A MATTER OF MONTHS OR WEEKS IF TREATED. THIS MOTHER IS URGING OTHER OPIOID ADDICTED MOTHERS TO SEEK HEALTH. GIVING BIRTH IN THE BATHTUB BECAUSE THEY’RE AFRAID TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY’RE CONVINCED THEY’LL GET ARRESTED OR THE BABY WILL BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY. REPORTER: BUT THE OUTCOME CAN BE BETTER. WITH TREATMENT THE SUCCESS RATE

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