Ohio sees spike in opiate-addicted babies

In Ohio, where prescription drug addiction has a strong foothold, some hospitals are seeing as much as a four-fold increase in newborns born addicted to opiates like OxyContin – resulting in longer hospital stays for the affected babies and higher public health care costs, according to this article. One Ohio hospital treated 80 opiate-addicted newborns in 2010, up more than 400 percent from 15 newborns in 2005, the article says.

Newborns being born addicted to painkillers is yet another disturbing trend stemming from the rampant abuse of prescription drugs, and has become an issue in several other states, including Florida.

Read about birth defects caused by opiate abuse here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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