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Newborns are victims, too. Opioid abuse by pregnant women is worsening across the U.S. with Vermont, West Virginia and Kentucky showing the highest concentrations. The prevalence of “opioid use disorder” more than quadrupled from 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births in 1999 to 6.5 per 1,000 births in 2014, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis is based on statistics from 30 states and the District of Columbia. The trend showed marked acceleration between 2009 and 2014. GRIM PROSPECT FROM BIRTH. Ten states with the highest share of incidents:. Source: CDC. “Opioid use by pregnant women represents a si... Full story

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