Oxy Babies and Crack Babies

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

In this hysterical USA Today piece about infants born addicted to prescription painkillers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says, “I’m scared to death this will become the crack-baby epidemic.”

I agree. I hope this doesn’t turn into an excuse to pass a bunch of dumb laws that will restrict personal freedom and impose draconian sentences on people who commit nonviolent offenses, all in response to a hyped-up, non-existent problem drummed up by the media and drug warriors. The “Oxy baby” narrative has the added potential to further chill the treatment of chronic pain.

It may well be that this is a huge and growing problem. But I don’t find the USA Today piece all that convincing. In 2009, the New York Times looked at recent studies of what has happened to “crack babies.” Turns out, the consensus seems to be that the biggest hurdle they’ve had to overcome is the fact that they’ve been called “crack babies” all their lives.

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14 Responses to “Oxy Babies and Crack Babies”

  1. #1 |  Mattocracy | 

    Heaven forbid we hold individuals accountable instead of punishing all of society.

  2. #2 |  Dante | 

    When will the SWAT teams burst in and shoot the dogs of the pharma companies which produce the Oxy? When will the police confiscate the entire Oxy factory, and go after the employees’ families in the middle of the night with grenades and assault weapons?

    Stupid? Criminal? Counterproductive? Yep.

    So why is it OK when they kill innocent, sleeping 7-year old girls?

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  3. #3 |  Jennie | 

    My daughter was born in DC. The form we had to fill out for her birth certificate had such (required!!!) questions as how many cigarettes I had smoked while pregnant, how many alcoholic drinks I had consumed, and how many pre-natal visits I had. Grrrrrrrrr.

  4. #4 |  Joel | 

    The greatest danger to the unborn is putting stress on the mothers,the children born after the starvation of the Dutch by the German in WW2 have various health issues due to this. What I’m saying is the current economic issues are far greater danger to the unborn due to the stress it puts on mothers, these elected morons once again are so disassociated from us and reality it’s unbelieveable.

  5. #5 |  Leah | 

    Jennie! They require you to keep count!? My mind is blown. In IL all they want is your address and your dr or midwife. (Well, father, baby’s name, etc, but beyond the obvious).

  6. #6 |  PermaLurker | 

    Am I a bad person for wishing everyone who calls for or supports these “crackdowns” on prescription painkillers to suffer a majorl back injury and suffer debilitating pain for the rest of their drug-free lives?

  7. #7 |  marco73 | 

    When our son was born in Florida in 1994, he was small, just over 5 pounds. This was during the crack-baby scare. I am a large man, but my wife is somewhat petite. Our son was born at just over 36 weeks (not the medical book standard 40 weeks) and was healthy, pretty similar birth as our 2 children previously. We even had the same doctor deliver all 3 kids. My wife never smoked, and did not drink at all during any of the pregnancies.
    We had not 1, but 2 social workers interview my wife with extensive personal, intrusive questions within the first 24 hours of birth. The hospital delayed our discharge for several hours while, as I found out later from our doctor, they debated whether we should be allowed to take home such a small baby before more toxicology tests could be performed. Some of the medical staff were absolutely certain that there had to be some drug abuse there somewhere, while our doctor strongly advocated that everything was normal.
    We were lucky that we had the same OB/GYN for all 3 kids, and he was very respected in the medical community. If not, I’m sure we’d have had to sit around for another day or two while more tests were performed, “just to make sure”, since its “for the children.”

  8. #8 |  ejecto | 

    Much of the painkiller hysteria is generated by people who also oppose medical marijuana- something proven to not be physically addictive.
    The pharmaceutical companies prefer that their addictive pain medications are used- good for business.

  9. #9 |  winston smith | 

    Dante +1

  10. #10 |  GaryM | 

    They’re just oxy-morons.

  11. #11 |  cozmicharlie | 

    “I hope this doesn’t turn into an excuse to pass a bunch of dumb laws’
    Too late – it is already happening. I have a family member in pain management and they just received a letter from the Doctor with a list of pharmacies that will no longer carry oxycodone or oxycontin. The advice from the doctor was to get off these ASAP and switch to short acting opiods (more potential for abuse and harder to use in pain control). The reason pharmaices will no longer carry these drugs:

    1. Government Agency report: 170,000 medicare patients suspected of Doctor shopping for pain meds costing the program $148 million.

    2. Prescription Pain Killer Overdose: Nov 1, 2011 – A recently released report from CDC that overdoses killed 15,000 people in the U.S. in 2008, more than 3 times the 4,000 people killed by these drugs in 1999.

    3. Prescription Pain Killer Thefts on the Rise: New legislation by Ohio US Senator Sherrod Brown proposes stiffer penalties for pharmacy theft. As well as giving law enforcement new resources to fight them.

  12. #12 |  Goober | 

    Again, government catering to the lowest common denominator by effectively banning something that responsible people use everyday with no problems, simply so a few bastards who abuse the situation can be stopped. This is wrong. Individual punishment, not universal.

  13. #13 |  Jamessir Bensonmum | 

    AG Bondi has taken office with a wave of puritan zeal. Don’t let her kind, cute appearance fool you. She is determined to change the way Floridians have access to necessary medical treatment for chronic pain. She is going to do everything she can to limit the prescription and use of narcotic pain meds. Let those who suffer from permanent injuries be damned. All pain management clinics are targets for her office.

    I hope she can be stopped. Law enforcement should have no place in the practice of medicine.

  14. #14 |  Jennie | 

    Leah– yep. Because I was still trying to figure out all the craziness that comes with being the parent of a 2-day-old and my husband and I were sitting there trying to estimate how many pre-natal visits I had.

    And I just said 0 drinks because I was terrified if what would happen if I owned up to that glass of weak Chinese beer.