WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sun March 23, 2014
Kentucky Sees Rapid Rise in Number of Babies Born Addicted to Drugs
The number of drug-addicted babies in Kentucky who are hospitalized has increased significantly in a little more than a decade.
The Courier-Journal cited a recent report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center showing that the number has gone from 28 in 2000 to 824 in 2012.
Although a multi-pronged effort was launched last year to fight the rising number of addicted newborns, medical professionals say it's not enough. Treatment centers are struggling to stay open, there are waiting lists to get in, and too many babies are born struggling.
Preliminary figures in the state report suggested that number of newborns treated for addiction rose even further in 2013 to more than 900.