A New Public Health Emergency

A new report shows that the number of babies born with opiate withdrawal symptoms has more than tripled over the last decade in the U.S. This rate has increased from 1.2 to 3.39 per 1000 births (p>0.001). The average cost per such birth is now $53,400 compared to $9,500 for all other hospital births. These babies are more likely to have a low birthweight, respiratory complications, feeding difficulties, and seizures.

PositiveTip: Do all you can to influence expectant mothers to avoid the unnecessary use of drugs and medications.