Number of KY babies born addicted to drugs increases - WSMV News 4

Number of KY babies born addicted to drugs increases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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 increased from 29 in 2000 to 730 in 2011, a 2,400% rise.

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

Those signs include a reduction in the amount of controlled substances dispensed and the promise of getting more pregnant women into substance abuse treatment under federal health reform.

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