Many people in Louisiana and through the nation are being ravaged by opioid addiction. But it’s even worse if you are pregnant and addicted to opioids.
Why? Because opioid addition can cause multiple health and behavioral problems for your baby. Your baby may be born with a syndrome called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which causes both health and behavior difficulties. Your baby may be born prematurely, which can also lead to health complications.
Don’t Go Off Opioids During Pregnancy If You’re Addicted
So what should you do if you’re pregnant and addicted to opioids? You might think quitting is the best choice. Don’t, without talking to your doctor or another health care provider. Going cold turkey, as quitting abruptly is called, could cause even more problems for the baby. Babies who have been exposed at all in your womb can go through withdrawal if you quit, and they are tiny and defenseless.
So what should you do? The first step is talking to a qualified health care provider.
The providers may recommend therapies. There are two predominant therapies for addicted people. One is called medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and one is known as opioid-assisted therapy (OAT).
Both involve taking prescribed opioids that are long-lasting during your pregnancy and even after the baby is born. These opioids will decrease your need for opioids, but are safe during pregnancy. They do not produce euphoria the way that opioids do.
The drugs you are prescribed could be methadone, buprenorphine, or naloxone. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the dosage you need and tell you how to use it.
Another step if you’re pregnant and addict is counseling. Your health care provider may recommend individual or group drug counseling, or both.
Counseling can help you overcome the desire to take drugs and provide skills in learning how to manage pregnancy and other life events.
Importantly, counseling involves talking through how to manage or eliminate situations that make you want to take drugs, or be more likely to take them.
Consult Attorney Bart Bernard About Filing an Opioid Addiction Lawsuit
Opioid addiction often occurs as a result of opioid manufactures not warning mothers, mothers-to-be and their doctors about the risks of addiction. Bart Bernard is an experienced Louisiana attorney who has assisted opioid-addicted mothers and their families who children have been born with NAS or other difficulties related to addition.
At Bart Bernard, we will handle your situation with care and concern. We are experienced in recovering damages from medical injury.
Our initial consultation on your case is free and we have two offices in the state for your convenience. “Click Bart First, Call Bart First™”!
- March of Dimes. Prescription opioids during pregnancy. https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/prescription-opioids-during-pregnancy.aspx
- SAMHSA. Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/