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Hey -- how about that later and how about this they are calling them.
The oxy tots babies who are born addicted to powerful drugs like OxyContin.
Judge John Roberts is on -- -- -- live in Atlanta and it is a scary scenario there John good morning.
And -- I think it's a tragedy nothing short of that we all remember the crack -- epidemic of the 1990s we'll have a look at this.
This is a baby born addicted to powerful prescription narcotics.
Whatever the baby's mother was taking the baby cries uncontrollably shakes uncontrollably can't even -- We have visited yesterday all Children's Hospital in saint Petersburg Florida they have eighty babies in the neonatal intensive care unit of those 8024.
30% were born addicted to prescription drugs in the problem is getting so much worse.
Babies were it admitted to the -- you addicted to prescription -- so far this year that number 136.
And according to be an ecologist doctor Gene McCarthy there is only one way to treat these babies.
The drug that they need is more fit because sense -- replacing what they have been getting throughout the pregnancy you know.
You think about it the babies have been exposed to these drugs for nine months so an adult wouldn't be on narcotics for nine months and don't.
Cold -- So you can imagine that they have to give these babies these drugs for a long period of time.
Imagine being on morphine for the very first weeks of your life and doctor McCarthy says this is worse than the crack baby epidemic Martha because those babies got better and a few days it takes a month or more to win these babies -- -- the narcotic addiction.
That it's just shocking those numbers and watching that video of that poor little baby so.
What does Florida and what can they do about this.
-- decade they could they're trying to do a lot we've got to tell you that Florida is among the worst in the nation when it comes to prescription drug abuse and certainly these so called pill mills.
Police are trying to attack this on a number of different levels they are stopping people we rode along with pinellas sheriff.
Yesterday the stopping people who visit these so called pill mills to see what they're doing hoping that if they can keep the heat on the -- stop going to these pill mills or maybe have a chance to break their addiction.
There's also brand new law in Florida just went into effect about -- month ago which monitors the sale of prescription drugs.
They are still tweaking with the rules because there are still some loopholes there but attorney general Pam body told me yesterday she is determined to shut these pill -- down.
These -- drug dealers -- in White House you know that they have.
Armed guards at the door there are cash only business I've been then I went and -- in Fort Lauderdale and they are a horrible place and we are shutting them down.
And that's what -- -- doing but having said that.
Our state has now put all these drugs on the street.
-- later today is a big announcement with Eric Holder the attorney general federally and -- Bonnie about a big pill mill operation and Saturday tomorrow.
Big take back day for people who have either -- -- mr.
expire prescriptions to drop them off of the local police department what an important story John Roberts thank you very much.
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