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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 -- the problem is getting so much worse.
Babies were it admitted to the -- you addicted to prescription drugs so far this year that number -- 136.
And according to me and ecologist doctor Gene McCarthy there is only one way to treat these babies.
The drug that they need is -- -- -- and replacing what they have been getting throughout the pregnancy -- -- 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 -- -- -- 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 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 -- try to attack this on a number of different levels they are stopping people we rode along with pinellas sheriff.
Yesterday -- 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 no stop going to these pill mills or maybe have a chance to break their addiction.
There's also a brand new law in Florida just went into effect about.
In the 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 -- -- down.
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