Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk
To The Editor:
In his September 7th, 2019 article, “These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk,” Nichilas Kristof argues that there are no solutions about drugs, even though many newborns are exposed to drugs and struggle in America. Every 15 minutes, newborns are born to addicted mothers, and the mothers of these babies are drug addicts.
As a member of American society, I feel how serious the terrible drug problem is. Adults and teens in my state are also seeking drugs easily even though it is illegal. According to Kristof, “A single pharmacy in Kermit, W.V., [a town of just 4,000 people] sold more than 13 million [prescription opioid tablets] over seven years.” The problem with drugs gets worse by selling them in easily accessible places. Despite the growing number of drug addicts, hospitals are unlikely to cure them because they are difficult to treat and are unlikely to succeed. Babies who is born after a prenatal exposure to opioids, they can’t eat, sleep and live in pain. The hospital provides these babies with morphine. If babies take this medicine, it may work for a short time, but they are addicted to this medicine, which is causing a more vicious cycle of other problems later.
McKinsey and Company, the global consulting company reported that “the opioid crisis will worsen over the next three to five years.” The government must tighten penalties for those who sell drugs, as well as strengthen the laws related to drugs. In addition, hospitals must treat people who addicted drugs and try to make them cure. Also, companies or government make campaign about drug and should spread the drug issue. In school, they have to educate teenagers about drug.