The number of Kentucky hospitalizations for drug-dependent newborns has continued to skyrocket.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentucky hospitalizations for drug-dependent newborns has continued to skyrocket.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1e77fBc ) reports that the number of hospitalizations for drug-dependent newborns in the state rose 48 percent last year, compared to 2013.

Those 1,409 hospitalizations last year represent a 50-fold increase from just 28 hospitalizations in 2000.

According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, admissions of drug-dependent babies to U.S. hospitals nearly quadrupled from 2004 through 2013.

Dr. Veeral Tolia, a Texas doctor and lead author of the journal article, says the surge is a result of a recent national opioid abuse crisis.

Researchers say more pregnant women are being prescribed painkillers, which both raises the risk of having a drug-dependent baby and can sometimes lead to abuse and addiction.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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