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Doctor At Jefferson Works To Speed Up Process Of Weaning Newborns Off Drugs

Philadelphia (CBS) – A local doctor is testing a faster and cheaper way to wean newborns off of drugs.

A baby born dependent on such drugs as methadone or oxycontin requires an average of five weeks in the hospital for treatment with morphine.

Dr. Walter Kraft, director of the clinical research unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital wants to shorten that stay.

“We hope to shorten the length of stay which will help reduce costs but also will help the infant-mother bond and the less time we can have infants in the hospital the better off they and mom will be.”

He says the study of 80 newborns will test the effectiveness of a drug called Buprenorphine, which has been successful with adults. He hopes it will reduce the infant’s hospital stay by a third saving thousands of dollars.

Reported By Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio

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  • Mike

    I guess my issue with the Dr’s reasoning in which he states he’d like to “help the infant-mother bond” is how did the baby get addicted to the drug in the first place? I’d say that more often than not, the baby getting addicted to the drug i (specifically oxycontin) is b/c of the irresponsible mother. Don’t get me wrong, as a father of 2, I’m all for trying to take every measure to help a baby feel more comfortable, but if it was the mothers fault the baby got addicted in the first place, they should really try to re-examine how fit the mother is before allowing mother-baby bond time.

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