Drug addiction: One baby per hour born addicted to drugs

2 day old drug addict baby being given morphine to taper him off. Credit: ABC News

Drug addiction in mothers is leading to a sharp and alarming rise in babies born addicted to drugs in the US. The addictions are almost always to powerful opiates like Oxycontin and Vicodin, which are legal, similar to heroin, and sometimes sneeringly referred to as “hillbilly heroin.” But the drug addiction is happening everywhere in the country, not just in rural south, even if the epidemic is worse there.

It is sickening and appalling that the US has a growing numbing of addicted babies. It needs to stop now.

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