Posted by Childress on June 29, 2006
Troubling news out of Scotland, from the Scottish Daily Record and Mail:
MORE than one in eight Scots babies are born with illegal drugs in their systems.The horrific news was revealed in a study yesterday.
It indicates that as many as 7000 of the 54,000 children born each year in Scotland are drug affected.
The most common drug found was cannabis – but heroin, cocaine and ecstasy traces were also discovered. Experts say the research highlights how mums-to-be are putting their children’s lives in danger by continuing to take the drugs while pregnant.
Children born to drug users stand a higher risk of being stillborn, premature or victims of cot death.
They can also go on to develop health problems such as lung illness and learning difficulties.
A study of more than 400 births at a Glasgow hospital found 71 newborns with drugs in their bodies.
Tests showed traces of cannabis in 53 babies – more than 13 per cent. Cocaine was found in 11 cases and amphetamines in seven.
Of course, lots of morphine type drugs also were found, but researchers had no way of differentiating whether it came from illicit drug use or hospital-prescribed painkillers.