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AG Bondi: Babies being born addicted to prescription drugs

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state's two-year-old ban on pill mills is working.

"We had seven Floridians overdosing a day because of prescription drugs, and it had to stop. Of the top 100 oxycodone dispensers in the entire country, 98 of them lived in Florida. Now, zero."

Bondi is greatly concerned about a new problem though: babies being born addicted to prescription drugs. She told a national summit on prescription drugs that 25 percent of the babies in neonatal care at a Tampa hospital are addicted, and the number is 30 percent at a St. Petersburg hospital.

"It's just tragic. These little babies don't deserve to come into the world this way. Their incubators are covered in blankets. They're sensitive to light, to sound to touch. They're getting morphine or methadone instead of milk."

Bondi was clearly moved as she talked about what she had seen during visits to those hospitals.

"Think about the worst drug addict you can see on television, and that's what these little babies look like."

Bondi says the state can not arrest every mother that finds themselves in these situations, telling the packed room Florida needs less children in foster care not more.  She believes a better job has to be done of finding and treating these women while they are pregnant, before the babies are born.


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