In Florida Only 10% of Pregnant Mothers Are Referred to Drug Rehab Despite Testing Positive for Narcotics

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As originally reported by Health Day, the rise of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) rates in Florida are alarming state officials; they have recently requested help from the CDC to understand how to curb NAS rates. Harbor Village Detox provides insight.

The answer is not an arrest warrant though. These women need effective treatment before they get pregnant. Assuredly, if a pregnant woman tests positive for an addictive substance, she should be referred to a treatment center immediately.

According to Health Day, on March 6th, rising rates of newborns born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are causing alarm for Florida officials. Infants born with NAS will undergo the painful withdrawal process for a month of their lives- and can experience seizures, fevers, body tremors, excessive crying, diarrhea, and vomiting. The condition is precipitated by drug use during pregnancy. Unfortunately, those undergoing drug and alcohol addiction treatment (and employing medically assisted drug treatment) will also inflict NAS on their newborns. The article states only ten percent of mothers with newborns afflicted with the disease have been recommended to enroll in drug and alcohol addiction treatment- despite testing positive for addictive substances. Harbor Village Detox is a drug treatment center located in South Florida. The inpatient medical detox facility is governed under three principles of equal addiction treatment, affordability, and powerful rehabilitation.

A Harbor Village Detox Associate commented, “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is far worse in Florida than I think a lot of people understand. We’re in a state of an opiate- and specifically heroin- influx. And it doesn’t stop when women get pregnant. The answer is not an arrest warrant though. These women need effective treatment before they get pregnant. Assuredly, if a pregnant woman tests positive for an addictive substance, she should be referred to a treatment center immediately. One also must consider women who are giving birth to babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome will still suffer from the throes of addiction after birth- which will impair her from being all that she might be capable of as a parent. This makes effective addiction treatment even more critical. This is not something that can continued to be unaddressed without massive consequences for everyone in the state of Florida.”

Harbor Village Detox is the apex of inpatient medical detox facilities in Florida- but the drug and alcohol addiction treatment center rescues victims of substance use disorders nationwide. Offering patients 24/7 medical and psychiatric care, they have one of the best accredited medical staff in the South Florida area. Harbor Village Detox has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of approval. Unlike most detox centers, Harbor Village Detox employs group and intensive therapy for its patients; the treatment center believes establishing a firm foundation in detox treatment is critical to ensuring lasting rehabilitation success. Patients are able to participate in specialized therapy during detox, because their expert addiction specialists ensure patients do not suffer from the throes of withdrawal.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.

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