Born Addicted: Louisiana's Rate of Newborns Dependent on Opioids is Rising, Pregnant Women Lack Treatment Options

Born addicted: Louisiana's rate of newborns dependent on opioids is rising, pregnant women lack treatment options

Advocate - May 05, 2018

Kemper's agony has become more common among Louisiana newborns amid a national opioid addiction epidemic. The rate of Louisiana babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome quadrupled between 2005 and 2015, the most recent year on state records. OB-GYNs and neonatologists also acknowledge that some prenatal care providers are hesitant to take on addicted patients. State health officials and hospital administrators have discouraged providers from cutting off prenatal care for pregnant addicts, worried that turning away mothers will result in more unhealthy children.

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