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The Seldom Mentioned Side Of Opioid Addiction

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Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

Number of Opioid-Addicted Women
Giving Birth Quadruples

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows.

In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the hospital with opioid use disorder, up from 1.5 per 1,000 in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found.

This increase is likely linked to America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, said study co-author Jean Ko, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s division of reproductive health.

“With the opioid overdose epidemic, it’s natural to see increases in opioid use disorder among the general population,” Ko said.  “Our data tell us that women presenting for labor and delivery are no different.

Opioid use during pregnancy has been tied to maternal death during delivery, stillbirth and preterm birth, the CDC researchers noted.

Even babies born healthy might have to go through opioid withdrawal, a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Babies with NAS can experience tremors, convulsions, seizures, difficulty feeding, breathing problems, fever, diarrhea and trouble sleeping, according to the March of Dimes.

The CDC study used data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, focusing on 28 states with at least three years of data available for analysis.

Between 1999 and 2014, all 28 states saw significant increases in opioid-addicted pregnant women entering labor.

Vermont and West Virginia had the most cases of opioid-affected pregnancies in 2014.  Vermont had 48.6 cases for every 1,000 deliveries; West Virginia had 32.1 cases per 1,000.  On the low-end, Nebraska had 1.2 cases per 1,000 and the District of Columbia had 0.7 per 1,000.

The average annual rate increases were highest in Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia.  Those states all had growth of more than 2.5 cases per 1,000 each year — six times higher than the national average of 0.4 cases per 1,000.

The states with the lowest increases were California and Hawaii, with fewer than 0.1 new cases per 1,000 each year.

The new information “is very alarming and is a call to arms regarding this national health crisis,” said Dr. Mitchell Kramer, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y.

“We are well aware of the association of opioid exposure and abuse with adverse pregnancy outcomes including preterm labor and delivery, stillbirth, neonatal withdrawal syndrome and maternal mortality,” he said.

But Ko said concerns about babies with NAS should not dissuade pregnant women from taking medicines appropriately prescribed to treat chronic medical disorders, or from taking medications like methadone or buprenorphine that aid in addiction treatment.

The CDC recommends a number of strategies for countering this dangerous trend:

  • Making sure opioids are prescribed appropriately.
  • Strengthening state-level prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • Requiring substance abuse screening at the first prenatal visit, as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Ensuring that pregnant women with opioid use disorder have access to addiction therapy, and that new opioid-addicted mothers receive postpartum care that includes mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Kramer pointed out that “the implications of this startling CDC data are that coordinated national, state and provider efforts are necessary to prevent, monitor and treat opioid use disorder among reproductive-aged and pregnant women.”

The report was published in the Aug. 10 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

FL Man Restrained Child, Whipped Her

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Paul McKeehan

Man charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

UMATILLA, FL  –  A man has been arrested after he admitted to placing a 10-year-old girl in adult entertainment straps and beating her with a wooden spatula as punishment.

According to an arrest affidavit, Christopher Paul McKeehan was upset Thursday that the child had left some pills out that a 2-year-old got into as well as lying about her report card.

A witness in the home said McKeehan couldn’t find his belt he normally spanked the child with and couldn’t wait, so he grabbed the 12-inch long, two-inch wide spatula to beat the child.

McKeehan admitted to Lake County sheriff’s deputies, who had responded to the home on reports of child abuse, that the adult entertainment straps were already tied to the bed.  He added he took the child into the bedroom, made her lie down, used the straps to bind her wrists, took her pants down and beat her.

The witness told deputies that when she heard screaming, she went into the room and yelled for McKeehan to stop.  But instead the 175-pound McKeehan climbed onto the child’s back and continued to spank her with the spatula.

The affidavit adds the child was eventually able to get one hand free. But about 75 percent of the child’s buttocks was covered with a bright red and purple bruise.

McKeehan was charged with aggravated child abuse and remained in the Lake County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the affidavit, McKeehan admitted he went too far and called law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families on himself. 

Heavily Redacted Incident Report????

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Child Abuse Investigation at Leon Co. Public School

LCSO: Child Abuse Investigation at
Sabal Palm Elementary

Leon County, Florida  –  Leon County Schools confirms an instructional aide has been put on leave in the wake of an abuse complaint.

LCS Spokesman Chris Petley says the aide works at Sabal Palm Elementary.

Neither the school system nor the sheriff’s office will provide any details about the allegations.

“We received a complaint from DCF about an instructional aide at Sabal Palm Elementary,” Petley said.  “We have then initiated an internal investigation, the instructional aide has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation and we will report back to the community with our findings.”

A heavily redacted incident report shows LCSO is investigating a child abuse complaint of “physical or mental injury.” 

A Very Powerful Message

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Bullying is wrong, and never forgotten.

Stop Bullying

I want to say Thank You to Our Friends at Ark of Hope for Children for showing us this very powerful #StopBullying video “The Silent Word“.

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Black And Blue

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Former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan

Former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan recalls Child Abuse horror in essay

Former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan gave troubling first-person insight into the horrors of child abuse in a brutally revealing essay for The Players’ Tribune website.

In “Black and Blue,” O’Sullivan, 30, recounts the personal hell that was growing up with a sadistic father who beat him mercilessly “every single day” from the age of five to 16, using everything from fists to lit cigarettes to soda cans as weapons of torture.

“He would throw punches.  Not like he was hitting a small child — but like he was in a bar fight with a grown man,” O’Sullivan – a forward who played for the LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes – said of his abuser, a hulking 6-2, 250-lb failed hockey player who used extreme violence to mold his child into the professional he never managed to become.

But O’Sullivan’s improvement on the ice only fueled his father’s twisted motivational methods.

“By the time I was 10, it got worse.  He would put cigarettes out on me. Choke me.  Throw full soda cans at my head… I knew that my play would determine just how bad I got it when we got home.  I’d score a hat trick, and afterward we’d get in the car and he would tell me that I played ‘like a f—-‘ (that was his favorite term, which says a lot).”

The abuse took place out in the open.  Players, parents and coaches witnessed multiple incidents but, according to O’Sullivan, did nothing to stop it.

Not even his own mother protected him.

“I’ll never forget this moment when I was 10 years old.  I was about to leave the house for a game when my mother pulled me aside and whispered, ‘You better play well out there today, because if you don’t, it’s going to be bad tonight.'”

O’Sullivan finally ended the cycle of abuse when the then-16-year-old fought back one night and got his father arrested, but wishes someone had done the right thing years earlier and alerted authorities.

“It just takes one person to act on their instinct and stand up for that child.  That’s real courage.  The kind we don’t always glorify in the hockey world.”

He’s hoping those who read his essay get that courage, because “I guarantee you there’s hundreds of kids across North America who will get dressed for hockey this weekend with their stomach turning, thinking the same thing I did as a kid: ‘I better play really good there, or tonight is going to be really bad.’”