Drug Addicted Babies


Kentucky’s maternal and child health leaders are banding together to address the growing problem of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Health officials, health care workers and drug control professionals are talking about the problems surrounding Kentucky babies who are born addicted to drugs.

The Courier-Journal reports that hospitalizations for addicted newborns rose from 29 in 2000 to 730 in 2011, a 2,400 percent increase.

At a meeting last week in Frankfort, about 75 experts on the subject said there are encouraging signs despite the numbers.