Florida's prescription drug abuse problem has become our state's top public safety threat. This epidemic facing Floridians not only causes seven deaths per day, but also it is responsible for hundreds of babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, the number of babies born under these conditions is skyrocketing.
Today, I met with administrators and caregivers from St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa who treat babies born addicted to prescription drugs. Side effects can include: vomiting, diarrhea, inconsolable crying, and seizures. With proper treatment and care, these babies can be weaned from the dangerous prescription drugs.
Meeting with doctors and nurses who care for these infants was educational and exposes the consequences of prescription drug abuse that is not readily apparent. It is essential that we educate those around us about the dangers associated prescription drug abuse and raise awareness in order to save the lives of infants who do not have a choice.