Here’s a thought for the drug dealer raising a healthy hale and hearty family off the profits of his drug dealing, THREE babies a day born in Britain are addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs, shock figures published last year reveal.
Junkie mothers over the last five years have given birth to 5,500 children who were already hooked.
Department of Health statistics show the newborns all showed “neo-natal withdrawal symptoms” within the first few hours of life.
These are the same terrible symptoms experienced by hardened addicts when they come off drugs.
The babies need specialised care to cope with severe vomiting, seizures, fever and breathing difficulties.
They became hooked in the womb because their mums continue taking drugs during pregnancy.
Tory MP Nick de Bois — who uncovered the statistics through Parliamentary questions — said: “These figures are shocking.
“It is difficult to comprehend that in Britain we consistently have more than 1,000 babies born every year addicted to drugs.”
“We are clearly failing to prevent the most vulnerable in society — and I cannot think of anyone more vulnerable than a newborn baby — from being harmed by drug use.”
Mr de Bois urged ministers to do more to get treatment for addicts to kick their habit. But he said they should also start giving drug dealers tougher sentences.
The statistics come only weeks after Deputy PM Nick Clegg called for an overhaul of drug laws. He told The Sun the war on drugs had been a spectacular failure.
The Commons home affairs select committee also called for ministers to consider de-criminalising drugs.
But critics warn that watering down the law could see more youngsters sucked into addiction. A total of 596 people were killed by heroin in England and Wales in 2011.
Former cop Norman Brennan, who campaigns to help victims of crime, hopes the figures will make Lib Dem leader Mr Clegg rethink his recent comments.
He said: “For 31 years as a police officer I saw first-hand how drugs destroyed the lives of users and their families — and devastated whole communities.”
“I am fed up with the liberal elite talking about legalising drugs when they haven’t the first idea about the consequences or scale of the problem.”
Liberals being easy on drugs eh? But who set up the system of commerce, that makes drug dealing such a palatable professional choice, to far too many would be businessmen I wonder?
(Extracts of this post were printed in The Sun Newspaper in 2014)