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Welcome to the Research Guide for HLT124, Basic Pharmacology for Health Science.  Please use this guide to find resources for your Medical Model research.  Please contact myself or any BCC Librarian if you have any questions.

What is an addicted infant?

According to the Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, & Addictive Behavior, the term "addicted babies" (infants) refers to those born passively physically dependent on drugs. In practice it is used to refer to all babies extensively exposed to drugs before birth.

The clinical presentation of the newborn (neonate) depends on the substance, the amount and frequency used during pregnancy, and the time since last use. Withdrawal will occur in 55 to 94 percent of infants exposed to heroin and other opioids. Infants of regular heavy users usually have a low birth weight, because of intrauterine growth retardation and frequent premature births.

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