The number of drug-addicted babies in
who are hospitalized has increased
significantly in a little more than a decade. Kentucky
According to a recent report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and
, the number has gone from 28 in
2000 to 824 in 2012. Research Center
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.