NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change prescription drug labels to clearly warn pregnant women of the dangers to their unborn babies.
Schumer was joined by New York doctors on Sunday to call for a nationwide plan to combat the trend of babies being born addicted to prescription drugs or other opiates.READ MORE: Exclusive: UPS Driver Jumps In To Help Save Teenage Robbery Victim In Chelsea
He said that the number of babies born addicted to painkillers and other opiates has nearly tripled in the past decade, with prescription drugs fueling the increase.READ MORE: Job Hunting? Experts Suggest Keeping Your Resume 'Drop Dead Simple,' Highlighting Numbers & Making An Effort To Reach Out
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month, approximately 3.4 of every 1,000 infants born in 2009 suffered from painkiller addiction.
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