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Rate of Opioid-Dependent Babies Doubles in US

Babies diagnosed at birth with neonatal abstinence syndrome — drug withdrawal symptoms — have become an alarming statistic in the wake of today’s opioid epidemic, according to LiveScience, which reports that the numbers of babies with this syndrome doubled between 2008 and 2013.

This sad state of affairs only highlights what opioids and antiquated U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) laws have done to unsuspecting people who are simply seeking pain relief in some form. From seniors who want help for arthritis to young accident victims with hurting backs, the opioid epidemic touches people of all ages.

But instead of offering up a different form of hope, for example, by legalizing medicinal marijuana, health and law officials have steadfastly refused to budge on old laws classifying cannabis as a Schedule I drug — a category reserved for the most dangerous of drugs that have "no accepted medical use."

The CDC states that addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is the strongest risk factor for heroin addiction, and among heroin users, 45 percent are also addicted to opioid painkillers. And, with a new synthetic opioid on the black market, it simply makes doesn’t make sense to not open the doors for cannibidiol (CBD) use, especially since painkiller deaths have dropped in medical marijuana states.

If you are in pain, rather than resorting to opioids or illegal drugs, other things you can do to help yourself include chiropractic care, stretching and strength training, meditation, massage, acupuncture, K-laser therapy, Tai Chi and aquatic therapy.
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