Births of drug-addicted babies on the rise

June 19, 2014 12:35 PM

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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 ( ) reports that 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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