Births of Drug-Addicted Babies on the Rise

June 19, 2014 10:39 AM

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Births of Drug-Addicted Babies on the Rise

BOSTON (AP) — Federal research shows that the number of babies born in Massachusetts with heroin and other opioids in their system is much higher than the national average.

The Boston Globe reportsthat more than 1,300 Massachusetts babies, or about 17.5 per 1,000 hospital births, were born with narcotics in their system in 2013 — more than triple the national rate of five babies out of every 1,000 births.

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